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1970 Proof Set Captain Cook

1970 Proof Set Captain Cook

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Containing Australia's first decimal commemorative coin.

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AUSTRALIA 1970 PROOF SET

Bicentennial of Captain Cook's Landing Commemorative


Containing Australia's first decimal commemorative coin.

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.

Proof coins are the same as those we see in our change, but are struck with specially prepared machinery on specially prepared blanks - the designs always stand out magnificently.

The coins in this set are in excellent condition, the original protective foam outers are as you'd expect them to be after nearly 40 years of reasonably careful storage.