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1993 Proof Two Hundred Dollar reverse 1993 Proof Two Hundred Dollar obverse

1993 Proof Two Hundred Dollar

Reverse Designer:Margaret Priest Obverse Designer:Raphael Maklouf Size:28mm Weight:16.82g Edge:Reeded Composition:91.67% Gold
8.33% Copper


Sales History


From 1993 a number of Olympic Centenary pieces were issued in several nations until 1996 in commemoration of 100 years of the modern Olympic Games. The Australian issues included two one ounce silver coins and this Two Hundred dollar gold coin. The reverse was designed by Margaret Priest and shows an Olympic diver along with the Olympic Rings, a garland, and the centenary dates "1896 - 1996". The obverse shows the traditional Raphael Maklouf portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She appears crowned with necklace, earrings, and facing right along with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993 200 DOLLARS".

The Olympic Games first took place about 3500 years ago during a religious festival to honour the Greek God Zeus. The games were abolished in 393 CE by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, in an attempt to suppress what he believed were paganist traditions. Over the 19th century a number of smaller sporting events in Greece were named after the Ancient Olympic Games. The French Historian Pierre de Coubertin began to champion the idea of an inclusive multi-national multi-sport sporting event. With Coubertin's guidance and monetary support from Greek patriots the 1896 Summer Olympics took place in Athens with the the extraordinary marble Panathenaic Stadium serving as the main stadium. The games became a huge success and were to be held every four years, as per the Ancient Games.

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