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2013 Land Down Under Captain Cook 1oz Silver Proof Coin

James Cook was born the son of a Scottish labourer in Yorkshire England in 1728. Cook was promoted through the Royal Navy. He rose to prominence during the war in Canada, in part due to his navigational skills and meticulous charting.

His navigational talents were brought to the attention of the Royal Society and the Admiralty, after which he was promoted with the command of HMS Bark Endeavour.

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He sailed from Plymouth in August 1768 with a complement of ninety-four, including the noted naturalist and botanist Joseph Banks. Cook’s brief was to scrutinise the transit of Venus, but he also had confidential orders to map the fabled ‘Great Southern Land’.

Cook’s place in Australian history cannot be underestimated. On his first voyage alone, he charted thousands of miles of Australia’s coastline with astonishing accuracy. He is remembered as a courageous individual and one of the foremost navigators of his age.

The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 1oz silver proof coins.

Metal Content (Troy oz) 1

Monetary Denomination (AUD) 1

Fineness (% purity) 99.9

Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135

Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.60

Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.00

Maximum Mintage: 5,000

 
 
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