2018 SPECIAL EDITION FINE SILVER DOLLAR PROOF SET 240 TH ANNIVERSARY OF CAPTAIN COOK AT NOOTKA SOUND
LAUNCH DATE: May 01, 2018
ADVERTISING DATE: May 1, 2018
At the end of March,1778, Captain James Cook (1728-1779) and his northbound expedition sailed
into Nootka Sound, where the legendary navigator’s visit left an indelible imprint in our history.
Exclusive to this seven-coin set, a selectively coloured proof dollar commemorates Cook’s stay near
the ancient Mowachhat village of Yuquot, where the coastal landscape provides a breathtaking
setting for this historic meeting of cultures.
- ONLY AVAILABLE AS PART OF THE SET: Through a striking mix of symbolic imagery and
selective colour, this special edition proof dollar commemorates the 240th anniversary of
Captain James Cook’s arrival and stay at Nootka Sound, on the west coast of Vancouver
- IMPECCABLE CRAFTSMANSHIP: Struck in 99.99% pure silver, the commemorative proof dollar
features a classic and powerful reverse design—one that is painstakingly brought to life by a
wealth of finely engraved, carefully sculpted details and a superb mix of finishes.
- SELECTIVE COLOUR highlights the principal participants in this story: Cook, his ship (HMS
Resolution), and Chief Maquina, leader of the Mowachaht people.
- EVERY ENGRAVED DETAIL ADDS TO THE STORY: A textured map of Vancouver Island provides
more than geographic context — the topographic map is also a nod to Cook’s cartographic
- READY TO DISPLAY WITH PRIDE: This set of Canadian coinage is safely enclosed in a
book-style packaging that provides an elegant presentation time and time again, whether
you’re proudly showcasing or repeatedly admiring this treasured addition to your collection.
On the reverse, 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 colour 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. The reverse
includes the engraved word “CANADA”, the year “2018” and the face value, “DOLLAR”. The obverse
features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
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