Story: European discovery of New Zealand

The Resolution medal

The Resolution medal

In time for Cook’s second voyage, medals were struck in England: two gold, 106 silver, and about 2,000 in base metal or platina (a mix of copper, zinc and iron). The medals have King George III on one side, and the ships Resolution and Adventure on the other. Those made of base metal were taken by Cook to distribute to the inhabitants of any new lands he visited. Several have been found in New Zealand.

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John Wilson, 'European discovery of New Zealand - Cook’s three voyages', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 June 2024)

Story by John Wilson, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 May 2016