The Sydney 2000 Olympics Five Dollar 'Emu' 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 Emu, along with the Kangaroo, are widely accepted as symbols of Australia and are represented on the Australia coat of arms (Coat of Arms, 2013) . They are also two of the first animals that spring to mind when the rest of the world thinks about Australia. The Emu can run very fast. It has been recorded at speeds of up to 50 kilometres per hour. Their diet consists of insects, berries, flowers and seeds. The early life of an Emu is quite precarious as there are many predators looking for a meal. Lizards will seek out the eggs if the father doesn't sit on them. He will do this for up to eight weeks without any food or drinks. After they hatch they can be taken by eagles and dingos. If they survive this period, they can grow up to six feet tall and weigh up to 45 kgs. They have a life expectancy of about ten years.
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