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Australia Olympics

2000 Silver Proof Thirty Dollar reverse 2000 Silver Proof Thirty Dollar obverse

2000 Silver Proof Thirty Dollar

Reverse Designer:Stuart Devlin Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:101mm Weight:1000g Edge:Reeded Composition:99.9% Silver


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This Olympics commemorative coin was issued to celebrate the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. It was struck in Sterling Silver and issued in the year 2000. It had a Ian Rank-Broadley design on the obverse showing a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right facing with a crown and earrings, along with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 30 DOLLARS". The reverse was designed by Stuart Devlin and depicted numerous Olympic sports in a very intricate style. In the centre of the design is an official Sydney 2000 Olympic logo with the five coloured rings. It was presented in a wooden display case and stamped with the Official Sydney 2000 Olympics log and also inside the lid with the emblems of the partnership between The Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint.

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 RomanEmperor, 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 2000, 2013) . 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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