The Sydney 2000 Olympics Five Dollar 'Kookaburra' 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 brush around the inside edge of the coin. In the centre of the coin is the laughing kookaburra that appears to be eating a worm. 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.
The kookaburra has a famous laugh. Every morning it sings its chorus to let others know of it's territory. It belongs to the Kingfisher family, but unlike the kingfisher, it does not change it's location throughout the year. The early Aboriginal tribes believed that the call of the kookaburra was signalling the sky gods to light the great fire in the sky that illuminates and warms the earth by day. The kookaburra lives in forests and woodland to the north of the Cape York Peninsula. Also the western side of the Great Diving Ranges and to the southwest in the Eyre Peninsula.
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