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Superb Captain Cook Medal
Ex John J. Ford

510632.

temp. HANOVER. Captain James Cook, explorer, navigator, and cartographer. 1728-1779. AR Medal (44mm, 35.68 g, 12h). Memorial to Captain Cook. By L. Pingo. Struck 1784. IAC · COOK OCEANI INVESTIGATOR ACERRIMVS (the most intrepid detective of the seas), bust left; L. P..F below truncation of arm; in two lines below, REG · SOC · LOND ·/SOCIO SVO / NIL INTENTATVM NOSTRI LIQVERE (our men have left nothing unattempted), Fortune standing left, leaning upon column to right, cradling spear in left arm, and resting right hand upon rudder set on globe to left; in three lines in exergue, AVSPICIIS/GEORGII/III. Eimer, Pingo 64; Betts 553; BHM 258; Eimer 780. Superb EF, beautiful cabinet toning with traces of luster under tone. Very rare in this condition and the finest we have seen.


Ex Noble 114 (28 March 2017), lot 2818; John J. Ford Collection (Part XIV, Stack’s, 23 May 2006), lot 465 (purchased from B.A.Seaby, July 1970).