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Australia Cycling

2000  Five Dollar reverse 2000  Five Dollar obverse

2000 Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Philip Holliday Obverse Designer:Raphael Maklouf Size:39mm Weight:20g Edge:Reeded Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


Sales History


This Olympic Cycling commemorative coin was part of a set released following the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. They depict 28 forms of Olympic sports. It had a Raphael Maklouf design on the obverse showing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing, crowned with necklace and earrings along with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. The reverse had an official Olympic logo with an Olympic cyclist in action and was designed by Philip Holliday.

The Cycling events had three additions to the men's events. The Madison, Keirin and the Olympic Sprint (Sports Reference, 2013) . It was the Madison event that brought golden success for Australia. Brett Aitken and Scott McGrory were victorious and flew the flag for the huge home crowd. The event takes the name from James Madison along with Madison Square. Gary Neiwand also enjoyed success with a silver medal in the Keirin event. He also won a bronze medal as part of the Australian Team Sprint alongside Sean Eadie and Darryn Hill. The Women's event only had one addition from previous Olympics. This was the 500 metre time trail. Australia's own Michelle Ferris achieved a silver medal at this event which was the home crowds only medal winner for the ladies.Another medal winner, Lance Armstrong (USA) has since been stripped of the medal he won at the Sydney Olympics by the IOC following the decision to remove his name as the winner of the 'Tour de France' (seven times) (BBC, 2013) .

The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism. They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010) . In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport, catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.

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