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Canada 2018 Captain James Cook Arrival At Nootka Sound Explorations 1778 240th Anniversary Annual $1 Pure Silver Dollar Proof L01

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This year's annual Proof Silver Dollar is struck in 99.99% pure silver to mark 240 years since explorer Captain James Cook arrived at British Columbia's Nootka Sound in 1778!

Get your historic proof silver dollar quickly! Every year the annual silver dollar sells out. This proof silver dollar celebrates one of the world's greatest explorers with a nautical theme, and will sell all the more rapidly as a result.
 
Canada’s history is rife with tales of explorers, and the seafaring Captain James Cook (1728-1779) is one of the most storied of all. From the Bering Strait to the Antarctic Circle, and many of the Pacific isles in between, the British navigator charted more terra incognita than any other seaman in his time. This proof silver dollar commemorates the 240th anniversary of Cook’s arrival at the summer village of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, at Nootka Sound, which drew more explorers and traders to Canada’s western shores.

The 2018 low-mintage (only 20,000) annual pure silver dollar a must-have work of art for silver dollar collectors and lovers of all things nautical! So it's understandable why we're so excited to bring you this amazingly beautiful, amazingly affordable silver dollar celebrating the life of explorer James Cook!

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A Tour-de-Force Nautical Design!
Maritime artist John Horton presents a realistic, artistic rendering of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Nootka Sound in April 1778. Towering mountains and the timbered headland of Bligh Island provide a stunning backdrop to this historical portrait, all precisely engraved in a superb proof finish and framed by a nautical twisted rope. Viewed in three-quarter profile, a stern-looking Cook keeps a watchful eye on his ship and crew while holding a telescope in one hand, his Admiralty orders in the other. Over his left shoulder is HMS Discovery, which is moored a short distance away from HMS Resolution, whose crew is unrigging the ship and removing masts and spars in preparation for repairs. In the water, a group of Nuu-chah-nulth Native American Indians approach Resolution in a canoe, ready to extend a friendly greeting.

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Investment Note
Since 2015, the mint has imposed a strict, reduced mintage limit of only 20,000 on the Annual Proof Silver Dollar, 20,000 less than in 2014 and 30,000 less than in 2010! All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all silver dollar collectors need this affordable precious metal silver dollar, so a sell-out at the Mint is a forgone conclusion, just like the last few years!

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Purity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver dollar is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Maritime artist John Horton presents a realistic, artistic rendering of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Nootka Sound in April 1778. The legend reads 150 YEARS. The denomination and dual dates of 1778-2018 are indicated.

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Reverse

The reverse features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 23.17 g
Diameter 36.07 mm
Mintage Limit 20,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist John Horton
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

History remembers Cook as the explorer whose voyages and exceptional surveying skills changed European perceptions of the Pacific region, by mapping many unknown shores throughout this vast expanse of ocean.

During his first two voyages—one from 1768 to 1771 and another from 1772 to 1775—Cook became the first European explorer to reach New Zealand and Australia's east coast, and the first to cross the Antarctic Circle. In 1776, a third voyage sent him on a quest to find the elusive Northwest Passage, which brought his two-ship expedition to Canada's Pacific coastline.

On April 1, 1778, HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery dropped anchor near Yuquot, on the western coast of Vancouver Island. Cook was cordially welcomed by Maquinna, chief of the Mowachat group of the Nuu-chah-nulth, leading the crew to refer to the area as Friendly Cove.

He was not the first European navigator to explore Canada's West Coast, but his was the first prolonged stay. During the month spent in Nootka Sound, the crew repaired the ships while Cook explored the area and engaged in local trade, exchanging metal goods for sea otter pelts that soon made the area a trade centre.

The expedition set sail once more on April 26, 1778, on a northerly course toward the Bering Sea. But Cook would not find the Northwest Passage; stopped by the Arctic's unyielding cold and ice, the expedition made a return trip to the Hawaiian islands discovered the year before, where Cook was killed in 1779. His legacy of exploration left an indelible imprint on the history of the Pacific region, and Canada too, where places like Cook's Harbour (N.L.) and Resolution Cove (B.C.) are lasting reminders of his passage through our coastal waters.

Did you know…
    Cook served as master of HMS Pembroke during the Seven Years' War, where he participated in the Siege of Louisbourg and the Battle of Quebec. But it was his skills as a cartographer that brought him to the attention of the Admiralty and the Royal Society—especially his detailed mapping of the Saint Lawrence River, which played a role in changing the course of Canadian history.
    Between 1762 and 1768, Cook explored Canada's eastern coastline. His survey of Newfoundland's coast resulted in the first large-scale, scientifically accurate charts of the coastal waters. Even in the 20th century, Cook's maps continued to serve as a useful reference tool for those sailing through these often-tricky waters.
    The name "Nootka Sound" may have arisen from a misunderstanding: It has been said that upon arriving, Cook mistakenly interpreted "itchme nutka" ("go around") as the name for the area he had originally named King George's Sound.
    International trade flourished at Nootka Sound after Cook's expedition. Published accounts of his voyage brought British and Spanish merchant ships to its shores, to trade for sea otter pelts. A decade later, competing claims over trade and navigation in the area pushed the two European nations to the brink of war.
    George Vancouver served as midshipman onboard Resolution during Cook's second voyage, and served on Discovery during the third voyage. He would return to Nootka Sound in 1792 while extensively charting the coast of British Columbia—including the island that bears his name. William Bligh, the master onboard Resolution, is another familiar name in maritime history—although he is perhaps more widely remembered for the mutiny that occurred onboard HMS Bounty during his command.
    Cook was known for running a tight ship; but having risen through the Navy ranks, he put great importance on the health of his crew. Daily bathing was required, and Cook also sought out fresh fruit at every stop to keep scurvy at bay.
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