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Canada 2018 Special Edition 7-Coin Silver Dollar Proof Set - Captain James Cook and HMS Resolution Arrival At Nootka Sound 240th Anniversary Exploration 1778 $1 Pure Silver Dollar with Color L05

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The 2018 annual Silver Dollar Proof Set features a full color, pure 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!
 
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 Silver 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 full color edition of the low-mintage (only 15,000) special edition 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 Tour-de-Force Nautical Design!
Maritime artist Maskull Lasserre combines elements of cartography, portraiture and maritime history to craft a poignant historical representation of Captain Cook at Nootka Sound. Framed by nautical rope, the imposing beauty of the tree-lined coast edges the scene and suggests Cook’s presence at Nootka Sound as viewed from the perspective of Chief Maquina. The chief, wearing a distinctive hat associated with Mowachaht expertise in hunting whales, faces Cook and HMS Resolution, which was anchored in a cove on today’s Bligh Island. Selective color highlights the Chief, the vessel commanded by Cook, and a profile portrait of the legendary navigator. In the background, the topographic map of Vancouver Island is a nod to Cook’s legacy as a cartographer, while a circular location marker provides geographic context to this historic event.

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

All of these coins above are minted in multi-ply plated steel, including the five cent beaver "nickel", brass-plated common loon dollar, and two dollar bimetallic polar bear "toonie". 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 Silver Dollar Proof Set also includes a commemorative pure silver proof dollar, enhanced with full color! This special color silver dollar is found only in this set,.

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Investment Notes
This year the mint has imposed a strict, reduced mintage limit of only 15,000 for the Annual Silver Dollar Pure Silver Proof Set, 30,000 less than in 2011! In addition, this Silver Dollar Proof Set is the only way to get the full color special edition 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 - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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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. The proof silver dollar in this proof set is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
Maritime artist Maskull Lasserre combines elements of cartography, portraiture and maritime history to craft a poignant historical representation of Captain Cook at Nootka Sound. The denomination and date are indicated.

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Reverse
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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Packaging

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

Set Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 4 Dollars and 90 Cents
Mintage Limit 15,000
Finish Proof
Composition Please see table below for
individual coin compositions.
   
Artist Maskull Lasserre (Canada 150 Years 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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