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An Alaska Colonial? Tiny Gem 1772 Maundy Twopence

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England. 1772 Maundy twopence. S-3756. MS-66 (NGC). A spectacular little coin, lightly and attractively toned antique gray with intermingled pale blue over richly lustrous surfaces. Frosty and fully detailed, just a gorgeous example.

This may seem an unusual type to offer as one of American relevance, given that Maundy coins had small mintages and rarely saw circulation, but the documentary trail is strong, leading right back to Captain James Cook. I explored this issue in my column on the numismatic relics of Captain Cook in The Numismatist in September 2012: "On the same voyage when Cook first encountered Hawaii, his third and final trip to the Pacific, he actually deposited a few silver coins into what is today American soil. On May 12, 1778, Cook landed at Kayak Island, some 250 miles south/southeast of Anchorage in the Chugach National Forest of Alaska. Cook called the island 'Kaye’s Island,' after Dr. Richard Kaye, a scientifically aware clergyman who then served as the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral. Andrew Kippis, in his 1789 The Life of Captain James Cook described Cook leaving a bottle in the soil at the base of a tree that included 'two silver two-penny pieces of his Majesty’s coin, which had been struck in 1772. These, with many others, had been given to him by the Reverend Dr. Kaye, the present Dean of Lincoln.'" 

I've sought these pieces out over the last few years as an interesting tie-in to the Alaskan explorations of Captain Cook. This is far and away the finest example I've had. 

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS66
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3827940007

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England. 1772 Maundy twopence. S-3756. MS-66 (NGC). A spectacular little coin, lightly and attractively toned antique gray with intermingled pale blue over richly lustrous surfaces. Frosty and fully detailed, just a gorgeous example.

This may seem an unusual type to offer as one of American relevance, given that Maundy coins had small mintages and rarely saw circulation, but the documentary trail is strong, leading right back to Captain James Cook. I explored this issue in my column on the numismatic relics of Captain Cook in The Numismatist in September 2012: "On the same voyage when Cook first encountered Hawaii, his third and final trip to the Pacific, he actually deposited a few silver coins into what is today American soil. On May 12, 1778, Cook landed at Kayak Island, some 250 miles south/southeast of Anchorage in the Chugach National Forest of Alaska. Cook called the island 'Kaye’s Island,' after Dr. Richard Kaye, a scientifically aware clergyman who then served as the Dean of Lincoln Cathedral. Andrew Kippis, in his 1789 The Life of Captain James Cook described Cook leaving a bottle in the soil at the base of a tree that included 'two silver two-penny pieces of his Majesty’s coin, which had been struck in 1772. These, with many others, had been given to him by the Reverend Dr. Kaye, the present Dean of Lincoln.'" 

I've sought these pieces out over the last few years as an interesting tie-in to the Alaskan explorations of Captain Cook. This is far and away the finest example I've had. 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service NGC
Grade MS66
Designation N/A
Mint Location N/A
Strike Type N/A
Circulated/Uncirc Not Specified
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 3827940007

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