Allan Klenman recorded 118 medals and 21 coins in his book “The Faces of Captain Cook: A record of the coins and medals of James Cook”, which was published by him as a private venture in 1983.1 Allan gave every item a number with a prefix of K for medals, and KC for coins.
Over the many years that I have been collecting medals, coins and other numismatic items I have obtained many that did not appear in that book. Here are some of the medals. I have given every item a number with a prefix of NK (Not in Klenman) or ND (No Date).
NK1. Silver, well-toned, 1½ inches. Awarded by the Cook District Pastoral and Agricultural Society in 1895 to F.S. Lambert for draught ale. At that time Cook District covered Cape York and a triangular extension below the line from Cairns to Normanton.
ND1. 26 mm. Rockdale Swimming Baths child’s admission token. Issue by Rockdale Council, NSW. Two of their medals appear in Klenman’s book as K77 and K78. The municipal coat of arms includes the figure of Captain Cook.
NK7. Bronze, 51 mm, uniface. Issued by the James Cook University of North Queensland for the Australian Bicentenary in 1988. Produced by Pobjoy Mint. The medal features the armorial bearings of the University granted to it in 1972, which includes Endeavour. The University changed it name to James Cook University in 1998.
NK8. Silver, 37 mm. Issued in 1970. I cannot find anything about this medal. On the side that has Australia and 1770 is the word Accent. The company of that name has told me that they did not make this medal. Can anyone help, please?
Originally published in Cook's Log, page 3, volume 44, number 2 (2021).
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