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Lot 76: Great Britain / Australia (1772) 'Resolution & Adventure' Medal in Copper, about Uncirculated

Est: $20,000 AUD - $25,000 AUDPassed
Smalls AuctionsFebruary 05, 2023 Sydney, Australia

Item Overview

Description

Tests pure copper as is typical of the Soho Mint and struck on the same uncracked die used to produce the Silver medals. Most likely a 'Trial' strike for the Silver and Gold medals and exceedingly rare with only 2 or 3 examples known

Dimensions

Diameter 44mm

Medium

Coins, Monies & Stamps

Date

Medals, Commemorative

Exhibited

393

Literature

Collectibles

Notes

The Resolution and Adventure Medals were commissioned by Sir Joseph Banks and struck at the Soho Mint by Matthew Boulton to commemorate James Cook's 'Second Voyage of Discovery.' Banks had essentially financed the venture and intended to accompany Cook on the journey to the Antarctic and Pacific along with a group of friends. However, he fell out with the Admiralty when the comfortable additions he had paid for to accommodate his party made the vessels dangerously unseaworthy and unfit for such a long voyage. The medals had already been struck when Banks withdrew from the voyage in a fit of pique, and so were put to their intended use. It is reported that 2000 platina (brass) medals were made and taken on board to be distributed to natives encountered on the journey. Up to 142 medals were also struck in silver and presented to Bank's friends and members of the Royal Society, and only two in gold for Banks and King George III. This is the first medal that we have encountered that was struck in pure copper. It shares the dies used to strike the silver medals and within an unknown mintage or purpose it was probably a trial strike to test the dies.

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February 05, 2023, 12:00 PM AEDT

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