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5 Dollars - Elizabeth II Sydney to Athens 2004

5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Sydney to Athens 2004) -  obverse 5 Dollars - Elizabeth II (Sydney to Athens 2004) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2004
Value 5 Dollars
AUD = 3.38 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 20 g
Diameter 38.74 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 812
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Sydney to Athens - Olympics 2004

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2004
. 5 DOLLARS .
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

Depiction of an ancient Greek athlete holding a spear and an Australian Aboriginal spear thrower. Below is a coloured Australian flag and below that the coloured 5 Olympic Rings

Lettering:
OLYMPIC GAMES
2000-2004
WP

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

This NCLT $5 aluminium bronze coin was minted by the RAM. The design considers the 2700 year history of the Olympic Games as well as uniting the Australian and Greek cultures through history and sport. The depiction of the ancient Greek athlete and an Aboriginal spear thrower emphasises the physique and prowess shown in their purposeful stance and highlights the two ancient cultures of the two nations, Australia and Greece.

The first Modern Olympic games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896 and return again in 2004. Sydney to Athens is a pertinent reminder of the continuing journey undertaken by the Australian Olympic team. Australia is one of only two nations, Greece being the other, to have competed at every one of the Modern Summer Olympic games and has been fortunate to have hosted the event twice: Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2004  24,376 UNC in Sets

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