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2 oz. Pure Silver Gold-Plated Coin - Captain Cook and the HMS Resolution - Mintage: 4,000 (2018)

2 oz. Pure Silver Gold-Plated Coin - Captain Cook and the HMS Resolution - Mintage: 4,000 (2018)

$189.95 CAD
Mintage: 4,000
Ships Feb-10-2020
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After exploring the South Pacific and crossing the Antarctic Circle in his first two voyages, Captain James Cook (1728-1779) turned his attention to the north for his third epic voyage, setting sail for the fabled Northwest Passage—a quest that brought his expedition to our western shores in 1778. Your gold-plated coin commemorates Cook’s historic arrival on the west coast of present-day Vancouver Island, near Yuquot, the summer home of the Mowachhat people. Rich in detail, your intricately engraved coin depicts HMS Resolution from the viewpoint of the native people who greeted and traded with the two-ship expedition that left an indelible impact on Canada’s early history.

Commemorates the 240th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Nootka Sound! Order today!

Special features:
  • A HISTORIC MEETING OF CULTURES! Your gold-plated 99.99% pure silver coin is a special commemoration of the 240th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Nootka Sound—a historic meeting of cultures that left an indelible imprint on our history!
  • FULLY GOLD PLATED! Pure gold plating transforms your 99.99% pure silver coin by giving it a rich golden hue that enhances the intricately engraved design, featuring multiple finishes!
  • STEP INTO THE PAST! The design draws you deeper into the scene by presenting the HMS Resolution from the perspective of those seated or standing in the dugout canoe.
  • ADDED EMPHASIS ON CULTURE! The unique viewpoint also reflects the special significance of this historic event as a meeting of cultures, with added engraved details that pay tribute to the longstanding cultural traditions of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation.
  • DOUBLE DATED! Your coin includes the two dates of “1778-2018” to signify the 240th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival at Nootka Sound!
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE: The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
  • LOW MINTAGE! Limited to 4,000 coins worldwide.


Designed by Neil Hamelin, your coin depicts Captain Cook’s expedition sailing into Nootka Sound at the end of March 1778. Viewed from the ocean-going canoe in the foreground, HMS Resolution is a towering sight on the water, as the Mowachaht beach keeper and his companions are paddling out to greet the ship and its crew. Dressed in traditional clothing, the beach keeper stands with one arm raised while his right hand grips a paddle bearing a traditional motif. The reverse includes the engraved face value “30 DOLLARS” and the word “CANADA” and features a double date “1778-2018”. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…
  • During the Seven Years’ War, Cook produced a detailed map of the Saint Lawrence River. He also surveyed the coast of Newfoundland between 1762 and 1767.
  • George Vancouver served on HMS Discovery during Cook’s third voyage, and returned to Nootka Sound in 1792 while commanding his own expedition. During that voyage, he carefully mapped the coast of British Columbia, including the island that bears his name today.
  • International trade flourished at Nootka Sound after Cook’s expedition. Published accounts of his voyage brought Spanish naval vessels and British and American merchant ships to the region, to trade for sea otter pelts; a decade later, competing trade and territorial claims pushed Spain and Britain to the brink of war.


Your coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

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  • No.166967
  • Mintage4,000
  • Composition99.99% pure silver
  • Finishproof
  • Weight (g) 62.69
  • Diameter (mm) 50
  • Edgeserrated
  • Certificateserialized
  • Face value30 dollars
  • ArtistNeil Hamelin (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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