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Australia Tennis

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 Tennis commemorative coin was part of a set released following the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. They depict 28 forms of Olympic sports. The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing with tiara. It also has the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. The reverse shows an Olympic Tennis player performing a backhand stroke as well as the official Sydney 2000 Olympic logo and the five rings. This was designed by Philip Holliday and shows the denomination 5 DOLLARS.

The Olympic Tennis Tournament took place at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Sydney. The venue was built at a cost of 38 million Australian dollars and the centre court can host 10,500 spectators. The surface is artificial and known as PlexiCushion. The event would consist of men's and women's singles and doubles.The women's event was dominated by the name Williams. Venus Williams won 27 matches in a row and won Gold so comfortably that her sister, Serena, was seen yawning during the match (Clarey, C, 2000) . The sisters of Venus and Serena Williams also took the women's doubles Gold too by beating Kristie Boogert and Miriam Oremans of the Netherlands.The men's singles event was won by Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia as he beat Tommy Haas of Germany in the final. In the doubles, the pairing of S'bastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor of Canada beat Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde of Australia to take the gold medals.

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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