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Just Like The Tuppences Captain Cook Left in Alaska

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England. 1772 Maundy twopence. S-3756. Choice About Uncirculated. Thoroughly lustrous and richly toned in autumnal gold and copper colors, along with hints of pale blue that are more prominent in the reverse field. A very pretty piece, showing only the most minor friction.

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 been looking for nice examples of this issue ever since, but most I've seen have been cleaned, ex-jewelry, or just generically ugly. This one is well-preserved and beautiful.

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 00000046

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England. 1772 Maundy twopence. S-3756. Choice About Uncirculated. Thoroughly lustrous and richly toned in autumnal gold and copper colors, along with hints of pale blue that are more prominent in the reverse field. A very pretty piece, showing only the most minor friction.

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 been looking for nice examples of this issue ever since, but most I've seen have been cleaned, ex-jewelry, or just generically ugly. This one is well-preserved and beautiful.

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade N/A
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On No
SKU or Cert # 00000046

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