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Australia Sydney to Athens

2004 Proof Fifty Dollar reverse 2004 Proof Fifty Dollar obverse

2004 Proof Fifty Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:39mm Weight:36.51g Edge:Reeded Composition:49.26% Copper
43.05% Silver
21.36% Gold


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The Sydney to Athens Fifty Dollar Coin was struck in Copper, Silver and Gold. It was produced to commemorate the journey of the torch from Sydney to Athens. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and has a floral edge which traverses both the copper and silver parts of the coin. Inside this is a silver circle containing a gold shield showing the five coloured Olympic rings along with the Australian flag. The obverse was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and features the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004 50 DOLLARS" around the outer copper section. Inside this there is a silver wreath wrapping around a gold portrait of Queen Elizabeth II crowned and right-facing.

The transition from the Olympics held in Sydney, Australia and then going to Athens, Greece is a long one. The journey for the torch is well documented as it starts from Olympia in Greece and travelled approximately 78,000 kilometres. Along its journey back to Athens it traversed all five continents and visited all previous Summer Games host cities. The Torch Relay travelled along the following route: Ancient Olympia, Athens, Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Delhi, Cairo, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, New York, Montreal, Antwerp, Brussels, Amsterdam, Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, London, Barcelona, Rome, Munich, Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki, Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, Sofia and Nicosia (Official Olympic Website, 2013) . There were also 7,700 torch bearers of which approximately fifty percent were from Greece.

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