This Torch commemorative gold coin is one piece from a set of eight, which were issued to celebrate Australia staging the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000. The series is called Olympic Gold and was released in celebration of the Olympic games. The eight coins were released in the year 2000 following a successful completion of the games. The coins were struck into gold with a weight of 10 grams. This was the first set of gold coins issued by the Royal Australian Mint and the series is a popular one.
The original Olympic Games took place about 3,500 years ago but they didn't last. It was originally held during a religious festival honouring the Greek god Zeus. The Games were abolished in 393 A.D. by the Roman Emperor, Theodosius I, as he tried to suppress paganism.They restarted 1896 and were held in Athens, Greece. It was a great success. The International Olympic Committee had been formed two years earlier. The resurrection was an inspiration from Baron Pierre de Coubertin back in 1887. To be held every four years, as per Ancient Games, the Olympic Games became a great success. The first one to be held in Australia took place in Melbourne, 1956 (Sydney Olympic Games, 2010).In 1993, Sydney was awarded the opportunity to host the 2000 Olympic Games. This was a chance for Australia to shine. And shine it did. The Sydney games broke so many records including ticket sales, attendances, transport,catering and most importantly, they finished fourth in the medal tables.
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