1772 Captain Cook Medallion.
George III (1760 -1820) Resolution and Adventure Medal 1772 platina (brass) medal 1772 (43mm.) by Matt hew Boulton, and designed by John Westwood (Westwood not credited on the medal). Laureate bust r., GEORGE. III. KING. OF. GR. BRITAIN. FRANCE. AND. IRELAND. ETC. Rev: Two ships at sea RESOLVTION ADVENTURE, Exergue: SAILED. FROM. ENGLAND MARCH. MDCCCLXXII , (BHM 165; Bett s 552; MH 373; Ford XIV, 459-462; Eimer 744a [type a identifi ed by the die fl aw in the left of the exergue]). Almost Very Fine with light corrosion, edge pierced to take the now missing swivel mount as originally issued. Rare.
Examples of the medal were occasionally given to sailors of these two ships as rewards but mostly were distributed to the inhabitants of the Pacifi c Islands during the second voyage of mariner and explorer Captain James Cook in 1772. What was left accompanied Cook on his third and fi nal expedition in 1776.
The logs of the Resolution and the Adventure record more than 30 places where the distribution took place, and examples mostly turn up in a worn and weathered state.