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Otaheite Medal - Resolution & Adventure

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1981N17
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1772 - 1772

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire - originally, England

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Diameter:43.5 mm