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Canada 2018 Double Dollar 7-Coin Pure Silver Proof Set with Captain James Cook Arrival At Nootka Sound Exploration 1778 240th Anniversary Annual $1 Pure Silver Dollar with 24-Karat Gold Plating L01

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The 2018 annual Double Dollar Proof Set is struck completely in 99.99% pure silver and features a 24-karat gold-plated silver dollar (available only in this set) to mark 240 years since explorer Captain James Cook arrived at British Columbia's Nootka Sound in 1778!

New lower mintage limit for 2018, just 15,000. Get it now, it will sell out!

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 Double Dollar Proof Set 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.

All this makes the 2018 gold-plated edition of the low-mintage (only 15,000) annual pure silver dollar (found only in this set, and nowhere else) 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 beautiful, amazingly affordable silver dollar celebrating the life of explorer James Cook!

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A Luxurious Set with Several Bonuses!
- The Loonie $1 and Twonie $2 are both gold plated!
- Yes, the nickel, loonie and toonie are all struck in pure silver!
- In fact, all the coins in this set are struck in pure silver - all of them!
- Real, genuine leather! Yes, the Double Dollar
Pure Silver Proof Set sports a cover of genuine, black leather!

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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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The annual Silver Proof Set includes a full-proof-finish example of each and every one of the circulation coins of Canada, each of which features a design of national importance, including:

    Five Cent Beaver Nickel
    Ten Cent Bluenose Schooner Dime
    Twenty-Five Cent Caribou Quarter
    Fifty Cent Coat of Arms Half Dollar
    One Dollar Common Loon "Loonie"
    Two Dollar Bi-Metal Polar Bear "Toonie"

All of these coins above are minted in .9999 fine, pure silver, including the five cent beaver "nickel", gold-plated common loon dollar, and two dollar bimetallic polar bear "toonie", which includes a 24-karat gold-plated core. (None of these three coins were ever issued for circulation in silver!) Every coin is struck with the Mint's proof finish, with frosted cameo devices and dark, mirrored fields (or background).

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Each Pure Silver Proof Set also includes a commemorative pure silver proof dollar, enhanced with 24-karat gold plating! This special gold-plated silver dollar is found only in this set, although we do have the unenhanced proof silver dollar available separately.

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Investment Notes
This year the mint has imposed a strict, reduced mintage limit of only 15,000 for the Annual Double Dollar Pure Silver Proof Set, 5,000 less than in 2017, 10,000 less than in 2014, and 25,000 less than in 2011! In addition, this Pure Silver Proof Set is the only way to get the gold-plated annual silver dollar. All collectors of Canadian dollar coins and all silver dollar collectors need this coin. These factors, combined with the premium packaging, make this set a great value!

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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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. All coins in this double dollar silver proof set are 99.99% pure!

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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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The reverse of each coin 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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The coins are sealed a sturdy plastic lens, elegantly presented inside a large, genuine black leather book lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate with full specifications accompanies the set.

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Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
Face Value 4 Dollars and 90 Cents
Mintage Limit 20,000
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Artist John Horton (Captain Cook Silver Dollar)
Certificate Individually Numbered

Individual Coin Specifications
Proof Set spec table

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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