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2000-C Proof Five Dollar reverse 2000-C Proof Five Dollar obverse

2000-C Proof Five Dollar

Reverse Designer:Stuart Devlin Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:40mm Weight:31.64g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


The Sydney 2000 Olympics Five Dollar 'Commerce' Silver Coin is part of a collection containing 16 pieces. It was struck in sterling silver and were designed to represent both Australia's cultural history and environment. The set comprises of Festival of the Dreaming, Kangaroo, Early settlement, Great White Shark, Immigrants, Frilled Neck Lizard, Commerce, Emu, Sports and the Arts, Koala, Sydney Harbour, Platypus, Opera House, Echidna, Air and Kookaburra. They are all in a Five Dollar denomination. The set was released in 2000 following the successful Olympic Games from Sydney, Australia.

The reverse of the coin, designed by Stuart Devlin has an intricate design with a ring of coins around the inside edge of the coin. Each of these coins appears to have a detail of a commonwealth country. In the centre of the coin are three overlapping circles. Each circle has a particular industry defined inside it. One shows some satellites depicting communication. Another shows chimneys from a power plant signifying industrial power. The other shows a high-rise skyline depicting the commercial side. Included at the base of the design is the official Sydney 2000 Olympics logo with the five coloured rings signifying the Olympics. The obverse features the traditional Raphael Maklouf 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, crowned, facing right, with necklace and earrings and is surrounded by the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 5 DOLLARS. This coin along with the remaining fifteen to complete the set was originally packaged in a wooden display case and with a numbered certificate. On the outside of the lid is stamped with the text THE SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC SILVER COIN COLLECTION and the inner side with ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT and the PERTH MINT.

In 1826 the Sydney Chamber of Commerce was established (ACCI, 2013) . Adelaide followed a decade or so later. These organisations helped to stimulate the business growth in a fast growing population. From John Macarthur and the prospering wool export business to the international trade markets, commerce was setting its foundation in Australia. When the Gold Rush first started, it was the timing that made such an impact to Australia. Because of the global economic recession, people were arriving from around the world to settle in Australia. The accelerated growth drove commerce forward with a huge force culminating in many new Chambers and Associations.

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