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
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
. 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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