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    Captain Cook Royal Society, Mint State
    Betts-553, Bronze

    Betts-553. Captain Cook Royal Society. Bronze. Mint State. 43.8 mm, 25.3 gm. Obverse signed by Lewis Pingo. A left-facing bust of Cook, wearing a wig and naval uniform, appears at the central obverse on this deeply colored example. The legend translates as, "James Cook, the most ardent explorer of the Ocean." A personification of Fortune appears on the reverse. She is standing, facing left, with the surrounding design including a column, rudder, globe, and spear along with an oval shield with British crosses. The text translates as, "Our (associates) leave nothing untried." The words in exergue mean, "Under the auspices of George III." The coloring of the reverse is particularly attractive, with rich shades of orange and brown, along with hints of red. Additional toning includes hues of violet and plum. A break in the patina on the obverse to the left of the portrait poses minimal distraction.
    Purchased from Paul Patterson (6/1986).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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