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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Olympic Games Beijing

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Olympic Games Beijing) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Olympic Games Beijing) -  reverse

© Lisa Callahan

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 5 Dollars
AUD = 3.39 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 15.554 g
Thickness 2.50 mm
Shape Rectangular
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

2008 Olympic Games Beijing

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Stamp shaped coin.
Top half silver with coloured Australian Flag above coloured Olympic Rings and 50c in lower left corner.
Bottom half coloured with Chinese Dragon, AUSTRALIA written vertically down right side with solid red strip, and Beijing 2008 written above the dragon.

Lettering: 50c Beijing 2008 AUSTRALIA

Edge

Perforation teeth (to mimic a Stamp)

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Olympic Games Beijing)

© Lisa Callahan

Comments

Australia’s first legal tender Stamp-shaped Coin (“Stamp-Coin”) is issued with Australia Post’s 2008 Stamp release celebrating the Beijing Olympics. It is a copy of the 2008 Beijing Olympics 50c commemorative stamp designed by Lynda Warner.
The number 8 is auspicious for the Chinese, so the Stamp-Coin is appropriately limited to a lucky number - 8000.
The Stamp-Coin and matching Stamp are in a boxed presentation folder that forms a triangle desk display.
Issued by Perth Mint.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  8,000 Coin & Stamp Boxed Set

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