The third design from the iconic Land Down Under program depicts famed explorer, Captain James Cook. Captain 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.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Gold
The Land Down Under – Captain James Cook 2013 1/4oz coin is struck from 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.
Stunning Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse depicts a seated portrait of Captain Cook with HMS Bark Endeavour in the background. The inscription THE LAND DOWN UNDER and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appear in the design.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as Australian legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.
Australian Map-Shaped Display Case
Housed in a unique Australian map-shaped latex case with a stylised shipper, this beautiful coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of these Captain James Cook 1/4oz Gold Proof Coins from The Land Down Under series.
Australia is a continent rich in history, cultural diversity and unique habitats. The Perth Mint is proud to present this new series showcasing Australia’s discovery, culture, lifestyle and landmarks.
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.
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