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    Death of Captain James Cook, XF
    Betts-554, White Metal

    Betts-554. Death of Captain James Cook. White Metal. XF. 38.6 mm, 21.9 gm. Unsigned. A bust of James Cook, looking to the right and wearing a naval uniform and tied wig, appears on the obverse of this medal. The reverse contains the inscription in four lines, KILL'D BY THE INDIANS AT O'WHY'HEE, FEBRUARY 14, 1779. The exergue contains an oak branch. Cook's third voyage to the Pacific, undertaken to determine if there was a Northwest Passage that would allow passage from Europe to Asia via the top of North America, was to be his last. A wonderful example, this piece retains great color and exhibits only a few scattered marks, all minuscule.
    Purchased from Ted Craige.
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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