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Australia 1970 Uncirculated Mint Coin Set Captain Cook

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Australia 1970 Uncirculated Mint Coin Set Captain Cook

Includes our first decimal commemorative.

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Australia 1970 Uncirculated Mint Coin Set Captain Cook

Bicentennial of Captain Cook's Landing commemorative

Includes our first decimal commemorative.

When decimal currency was introduced in 1966, collectors around the country clamoured for a decimal coin to be introduced for collectors to enjoy.

Surveys; competitions and petitions were run in the Australian Coin Review magazine, the design to be used was the topic of some debate for a few years.

The Royal Australian Mint relented in 1970, and introduced a dodecadron fifty cent piece featuring Captain James Cook, his signature and a map of Australia on the reverse.

You can imagine just how keen collectors were to get their hands on these sets back in 1970 - the RAM hadn't released year sets of coins in 1967 or 1968, not only that but they didn't even release any 50 cent pieces in those years.

The new Captain Cook 50¢ was the first coin in the world to be manufactured in a dodecadron shape, so that fact alone saw the mint set of interest to collectors around the world.

The packaging of this set remains in excellent condition, the copper coins are standard for the period.