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|Collection:||Coins & Medals|
|Date:||1772 - 1772|
|Designer:||Westwood - View biography for Westwood|
|Mint:||Soho Mint - View history|
The 'Otaheite' medal was the earliest medal produced by Matthew Boulton. It was commissioned in 1772 by the celebrated naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, to commemorate the voyages of the ships 'Resolution' and 'Adventure' on Captain James Cook's second voyage of discovery to the Pacific. In later years Sir Joseph Banks' sister, Sarah Sophia Banks, became a passionate collector of Boulton's coins and medals.