Coin and pin sets with packaging (4), Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, cycling, basketball, softball, athletics, bronze/enamelled metal/plastic/paper, designed by the Royal Australian Mint, made by Cash's Aminco 1997-2000
The Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program commenced in October 1997, and reflected an historic and highly lucrative collaboration between the Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint. In all, the program consisted of eight gold, sixteen silver and twenty-eight bronze coins depicting the sporting, cultural and environmental themes of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The bronze series was the first coin series in Olympic history to depict each of the twenty- eight sporting events.
Bearing a face value of $5, the bronze coins were uniformly 20 grams in mass and 38.74 millimetres in diameter. Their obverse depicted the head of the reigning monarch, Elizabeth II, and their reverse featured a polished image of an Olympic sport against a frosted background. The series, limited to 5000 coins for each of the 28 designs, was released in seven stages until March 2000.
Unlike the gold and silver coins in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program, the bronze series retailed with either a matching medallion or enamelled pin. The pins repeated the 28 coin designs, and bore the name of the sport and logo of the official Sydney 2000 Games. Their coloured surface complimented the simple, coloured packaging. By September 1999, some 2 million coins sold worldwide, and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Coin Program was declared the most successful coin program in the history of the modern Olympic Games.
These coin and pin sets depict the Olympic sports of cycling, basketball, softball and athletics. Prior to the Olympics Games, these sets retailed for $20.40. Today, they are important examples of the official memorabilia that marked the 2000 Olympic Games.
Designed by sculptors and designers at the Royal Australian Mint
Made by Cash's Aminco
Owned by the Olympic Coordination Authority/Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, and donated to the Powerhouse Museum.