This historic medallion was given out to customers by the State Savings Bank of Victoria, as a commemorative medallion for the bicentenary of the landing on Australian soil by Captain James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in 1770.
The medallion has been kept in relatively good condition and the gilt bronze has a few marks upon it. The pictures say it best.
Their were some 40 different medallions released around the country for the occasion and this was one of them.
The State Savings Bank was the first to officially release a medallion. In total 50 gold medallions, 5,000 silver and 100,000 bronze were struck by the bank.
The bank as a part of the celebrations had a display in its foyer to commemorate the bicentenary which explored the life and times of Captain Cook. It included a 3 foot model of the Endeavour ship, maritime equipment of the eighteenth century as well as charts and a copy of Richard Linton’s painting, "Endeavour".