The Sydney 2000 Olympics Five Dollar 'Platypus' 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 Platypus is an amphibian which is native to Eastern Australia and Tasmania. It makes its home by digging a burrow at the edge of freshwater lakes and streams. The burrow they dig can be up to thirty metres long. This is probably because they spend up to seventeen hours a day resting in there. Platypuses don't have any teeth so they use gravel to grind up their food. They feed on worms, larvae and small crustaceans and stores any excess in its tail for leaner times. The males use a venom to protect themselves from any attack and it is powerful enough to kill a dog.
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