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Medal commemorating the 2nd voyage of Captain James Cook, 1772

MEC1384
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Collection Coins and medals, Commemorative medals
User collections Captain Cook's Second Voyage by NMMCollections
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: King George III
Maker: W. Barnett
Historical Association: Cook, James
EventsExploration: Cook's Second Voyage, 1772
VesselsResolution (HMS), Adventure (purchased 1771)

Object details:

Object ID MEC1384
Description Medal commemorating the second voyage of Captain James Cook, 1772. He took a considerable number of these medals with him for distribution among the local people. Joseph Banks had 2, 000 medals struck in base metal for this purpose and 146 in silver for distribution to his friends. Obverse: Bust of King George II, laureate (right). Legend: 'GEORGE . III . KING . OF . GR . BRITAIN . FRANCE . AND . IRELAND . ETC.' Reverse: Port-quarter view of the 'Adventure' (right) under sail; starboard-quarter view of 'Resolution' (left). Legend: 'RESOLVTION ADVENTVRE'. Exergue: 'SAILED . FROM . ENGLAND . MARCH . MDCCLXXII'.
Date made

Artist/Maker W. Barnett
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials bronze
Measurements Overall: 42 mm
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  • Medal commemorating the 2nd voyage of Captain James Cook, 1772 (MEC1384)
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