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Captain Cook

1970 - 89

The 1970 fifty cent was issued to commemorative 200 years since Captain Cook navigated the Eastern coastline of Australia. This was the first decimal commemorative issue and consequently was frequently hoarded and is readily available in mint state. In 1989 the Royal Australian mint issued a Captain Cook fifty cent as part of the year's Masterpieces in Silver set.

James Cook grew up in England and was enrolled in the Royal Navy. There he learned to survey and navigate the water and quickly began to work his way up through the ranks. An expedition to observe a rare sighting of the planet Venus passing in front of the sun was combined with a slightly more secretive expedition to search for a southern continent, of which there had been rumours. His vessel, named Endeavour reached New Zealand before continuing to find and sail along the length of the East Coast of Australia in 1770. This was the first time a European had reached this point and Cook named the land New South Wales and claimed it as British territory. From this point British settlers began to arrive on the continent and further exploration followed. Cook is credited for changing the perceptions of the Western World regarding world geography through his extensive and highly accurate mapping.

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Type I1970Type II1989
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691970 16,588,3304.206.909.602429356388350 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1970 Proof15,50861911001101905501989 Silver Proof24,9994749515456150 Mintage1970 Specimen556,888Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.