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GB. Captain James Cook. 1772  Resolution & Adventure Medal. Silver, 44mm by Matthew Boulton for Sir Joseph Banks. 2nd reverse die. (MH 373, BHM 165, Eimer 744) Usual contacts, attractive tone, gVF and rare, only 142 made in silver.

Commissioned by Banks and underwritten by the Admiralty for Cook's 2nd voyage. Minted for gifts on the voyage as narrated by L.Richard Smith. "Banks decided some form of medal should be struck to commemorate the voyage. He was aware that the French Expedition of 1766 under Bouganville had done this. Ironically, it was the Forsters father and son who probably discussed the idea with Banks. George Forster had translated Bouganville's voyage into English and he and his father Johann Reinhold were to displace Banks in his second voyage. Whilst the idea of taking the medals was probably Banks' the realisation of the idea was probably Boulton's. Boulton, a celebrated medal designer and engraver supplied the first steam press to the Royal Mint. The actual order to Banks was probably made in rather vague terms and Boulton then produced a medal design using Banks' suggestions. It is probable that Banks at first only considered the production of a quantity of medals for his own presentation; it was not until later that the idea of official distribution to the natives and the subsequent transfer of the die costs to the Admiralty occurred to him" (From the book of L.Richard Smith, The Resolution & Adventure Medal, Sydney 1985)

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GB, CAPTAIN JAMES COOK. 1784 Bronze medal by Pingo.  43mm. (MH 374, BHM 258, Eimer 780) Minor marks, near EF and rare, only 574 made, sold at the time of minting for Half a Guinea (10s 6d)
James Cook had first seen the Americas when, as a Master of the Mercury he surveyed the St Lawrence River as part of General Wolf's Expedition to capture Quebec. He continued to serve on the North American station until 1767. He twice circumnavigated the world, first in 1768-71 and later 1772-1775. Discovered the east coast of Australia in 1770. He had left on his 3rd voyage in 1776 and was killed by natives of the Sandwich islands in 1779. The Royal Society issued this medal in 1784 in the following quantities - Gold 19, Silver 291 and Bronzed Copper 574.
$1350
GB. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, Died 1820. The Royal Horticultural Society, inscribed medal in silver.  (38mm)(Eimer 1138, BHM 1041). Extremely fine. Inscribed to R.Shirra, Broughton In Furness, 1916.
These silver prize medals, dated 1820 and bearing a finely detailed portrait of Banks, were issued at various shows and given as awards in the period 1820-1920.
    $140  
GB. SIR JOSEPH BANKS, Died 1820. The Royal Horticultural Society, uninscribed medal in silver.  (38mm)(Eimer 1138, BHM 1041). Extremely fine.

Sir Joseph Banks, 1st Baronet, GCB, PRS (13 February 1743 – 19 June 1820) was an British naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage (1768–1771). Banks is credited with the introduction to the Western world of eucalyptus, acacia, mimosa, and the genus named after him, Banksia. Approximately 80 species of plants bear Banks's name. Banks was also the leading founder of the African Association, a British organization dedicated to the exploration of Africa, and a member of the Society of Dilettanti, which helped to establish the Royal Academy.  
It was Banks's own time in Australia, however, that led to his interest in the British colonisation of that continent. He was to be the greatest proponent of settlement in New South Wales, as is hinted by its early colloquial name, Botany Bay. The identification might have been even closer, as the name "Banksia" was proposed for the region by Linnaeus. In the end a genus of Proteaceae was named in his honour as Banksia.  

In 1779 Banks, giving evidence before a committee of the House of Commons, had stated that in his opinion the place most eligible for the reception of convicts "was Botany Bay, on the coast of New Holland". His interest did not stop there, for when the settlement was made, and for 20 years afterwards, his fostering care and influence was always being exercised. He was in fact the general adviser to the government on all Australian matters. He arranged that a large number of useful trees and plants should be sent out in the supply ship Guardian which, however, was wrecked, and every vessel that came from New South Wales brought plants or animals or geological and other specimens to Banks. He was continually called on for help in developing the agriculture and trade of the colony, and his influence was used in connection with the sending out of early free settlers, one of whom, a young gardener George Suttor, afterwards wrote a memoir of Banks. The three early governors, Arthur Phillip, John Hunter, and Philip Gidley King, were continually in correspondence with him. He was interested in the explorations of Matthew Flinders, George Bass and Lieutenant James Grant, and among his paid helpers were George Caley, Robert Brown and Allan Cunningham.  

$150
VICTORIA. 1854 Exhibition medal in white metal. (38mm) by Stokes, Carlisle 1854/3, Good Very Fine.$175
1867 HMS Galatea/Duke of Edinburugh. (47mm) by Stokes, white metal, Carlisle 1867/2. Some marks, Fine.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Australia in 1867 and on 21 Jan was shot by Henry James O'Farrell in Sydney. He survived the ordeal and even returned to Australia in 1870.
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NEW SOUTH WALES INTERCOLONIAL EXHIBITION, c1870, in white metal (47mm) by Stokes & Martin, obverse, Ricketty Dick portrait by Julius Hogarth (c.f. C.1873/1-2). gVF.  Ex Dr John M Chapman collection, Noble Numismatics sale 88, July 2008, lot 829. $325
SOUTH AUSTRALIA. 1886 Wesleyan Methodist Church medallion.  Carlisle 1886/3. 30mm, EF. $25
Australia, 1887 Diamond Jubilee, Kangaroo & Emu, medallion, White metal, 32mm, reverse head Queen Victoria. Carlisle 1887/23, gVF.         Sold
Australia. 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee.  AE, 30mm, Carlisle  1897/73. Attractive, still with some traces of mint lustre, odd minor blemish, gEF. $30
Australia 1900 Boer War Peace medalet as issued to South Australian school students, Carlisle 1899-00/18. VF or better. Sold
Australian Federation. 1901 Medalet.  Carlisle 1901/16, bronze 23mm. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Welcome to Australia/Edward VII. Still with a trace or two of original colour, EF.       $25 
Australia, 1902 Edward VII Coronation Medalet.  28x38mm, Carlisle 1902/12a. Gilt copper, virtually as struck and scarce this nice. $35
Australia. 1902 Coronation Medalet.  Presented by City of Hawthorn. Carlisle 1902/23. 27x39mm, gilt copper, gVF. $20

Sweden - Australia. 1908 Aktiebolaget Seperator.  Commemorates the 25th anniversary of this company (1883-1908) which had offices in Australia. Sterling silver, 128 grams, 60mm. In original case of issue, EF.
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1920 Visit of Prince of Wales.  Gilt bronze, 27mm, Carlisle 1920/5. EF, similar to photo.    Sold
1920 Visit of Prince of Wales.  Welcome to Australia, 26mm, Bronze. Carlisle 1920/3. With loop, high grade, nearly as struck.       $25 

Australia, Pope Pius XI. 29th International Eucharistic Congress, Sydney 1928. Carlisle 1928/3. Oxidised silver, 40mm, by Amor. Much better than average, near as struck.

Another available, similar, EF $25 - email.
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Tasmania, 1935 King George V Jubilee Medalet.  25mm, 7.2 grams, Hobart, Tasmania. Slightly uneven tone, still attractive and scarce, EF. $30
Tasmania, 1935 Swimming Medalet.  29mm, Southern Tasmanian Schools Carnival copper Medallion. 29mm, 2nd place, Reverse engraved to U/15s A.Patmore. VF.       $10
Australia. SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD-SMITH, 1935 in brass silvered (51mm) by Stokes Melb (C.1935/6). Good extremely fine and rare. Australia's greatest pioneering air aviator.  Ex Dr John M Chapman collection, Noble Numismatics sale 88, July 2008, lot 1288. $650
Australia. SIR CHARLES KINGSFORD-SMITH, 1935, in copper (51mm) by Stokes Melb (C.1935/6). Uncirculated.  Ex Dr John M Chapman collection, Noble Numismatics sale 88, July 2008, lot 1289. $450
1936 South Australian centenary.  Bronze Medallion. Approx 31mm diameter. Handsome design shows sailing ship, with loop for chain, ready to wear.  Some available, F to VF range. $8

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Australia. Fiftieth Anniversary of AMOR, 1938, in silver (39mm) by C.E.(Charles Eccles) (C.1938/1). Uncirculated.  Ex Dr John M Chapman collection, Noble Numismatics sale 88, July 2008, lot 1295. $125
Australia 1938 Medalet.   Sesquicentenary medalet. 150th Anniversary of Settlement. 29mm. Near as struck, with ribbon, silvered bronze, Carlisle 1938/4, 29mm. You get one similar to that shown.     Sold
Australia 1938 Medalet.  NSW Sesquicentenary medalet. 150th Anniversary of Settlement. Carlisle 29/5. 29mm. gVF. You get one similar to that shown.     $10
Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria, prize medal in bronze (56mm), obverse, bust of John Pascoe Fawkner. Minor blemishes, Extremely Fine. $30
Australia 1966 Decimal currency medal.
AE, 38mm, Canberra Mint, to commemorate the introduction of decimal currency. In red box of issue. Similar to photo.
    $35 
Australia 1966 Decimal currency medal.  Silver, 38mm, Canberra Mint, to commemorate the introduction of decimal currency. In red box of issue. Similar to photo.    Sold
Australian 1988 Commemorative Medal.  50mm, Gilt base metal, in box as issued by the Royal Australia Mint. $10
1990 World Wildlife Fund Endangered Species medalets. Issued by the Royal Australia Mint on behalf of Westpac. In pack of issue - six medalets. $10
Centennial Olympic Medal 1896-1996.  In case of issue, made by Royal Australia mint, uniface, gilt bronze, 61 Grams and 50mm. With cert of authenticity, cost $30+ $20
QLD 1846-1996 Sesquicentenary of Newstead House.  Copper,  75mm, over 100 grams. Produced by the QLD Numismatic society & very impressive, FDC. $30
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