Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Medals to Mark Explorer's Life

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Medals to Mark Explorer's Life

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A CAPTAIN Cook commemorative medal has been struck.

The medal marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, the 280th anniversary of the explorer's birth, and the 230th anniversary next year of his death.

It is a replica of the medal, produced in gold, silver and bronze, issued in 1784 - four years after news of Cook's death in Hawaii reached London.

That medal was commissioned by the Royal Society, of which Cook was a Fellow.

A very rare gold example - only about 20 were minted - from the Queen's collection is currently on loan to the museum for the exhibition The Many Faces of Cook.

The replica has been produced from a bronze example recently acquired by the museum and is produced in a white metal. The work was carried out for the museum by Westair Reproductions Ltd.

The new medals are on sale to the public for pounds 4.99.

Sales Manager, Jon Williams said: "Westair Reproductions are delighted to have been able to work in association with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on this very exciting project to commemorate their 30th anniversary and the 280th anniversary of the birth of one of the world's greatest explorers and navigators. …

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