The Sydney 2000 Olympics Five Dollar 'Koala' 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 Koala is one of the most lovable creatures in the world. There are actually marsupials and not bears as many people believe. They are nocturnal and spend most of their time relaxing in the trees. Koalas are a protected species in Australia, but unfortunately the habitat of the Koala is not. Due to continuing building, many trees are felled and this causes great stress to the Koala. It is researched that there are currently forty to eighty thousand Koalas left in Australia and their numbers dwindle by the day.
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