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Australia Kayaking

2000  Five Dollar reverse 2000  Five Dollar obverse

2000 Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Philip Holliday Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:39mm Weight:20g Edge:Reeded Composition:92% Copper
6% Aluminium
2% Nickel


Sales History


This Olympic Kayaking 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 depicting HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing, crowned with necklace and earrings. It includes the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. The reverse has an official Olympic logo with an Olympic athlete in a single kayak in full flow. This was designed by Philip Holliday.

The Olympic Kayaking event consisted of 12 sprint events and 4 slalom events. The sprint events were held at the impressive Sydney International Regatta Centre. Because each discipline is held in vastly different conditions, the slalom events were held at the purpose-built Whitewater Stadium in Penrith. The Hungarians came top of the medal table for the various events in this field. Germany were a very close second though as each had accumulated 4 gold medals. Australia had managed a silver medal from the pairing of Andrew Trim and Daniel Collins in the K-2 500m sprint, whilst the bronze was achieved through the efforts of Katrin Borchert in the women's K-1 500m sprint.

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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