Tsawwassen artist’s work is used on commemorative coin

John Horton’s painting of Capt. Cook on silver dollar

Tsawwassen marine artist John Horton has seen his work used for another commemorative coin from the Royal Canadian Mint.

This latest coin, launched last week, recognizes the 240th anniversary of British explorer Captain James Cook’s arrival at the summer village of the Nuu-chah-nulth at Nootka Sound.

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The silver dollar coin, released individually as well as with a gold plating version as part of a set, depicts Cook (holding a telescope in one hand and admiralty orders in the other), his two ships (the Resolution and the Discovery) with a group of Nuu-chah-nulth in a canoe at Nootka Sound.

Horton, who spent a few weeks working on the design, said the collector’s coin turned out very well in the end.

“I was quite blown away by it,” he says.

“History remembers Cook as the explorer whose voyages and exceptional surveying skills changed European perceptions of the Pacific region, by mapping many unknown shores throughout this vast expanse of ocean,” the mint’s website states.

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