$5 2000 Olympic - Koala & Flora Silver Proof
KOALA & FLOWERING GUM
A three year joint program the Royal Australian Mint and The Perth Mint struck sixteen different 99.9% pure silver five dollar proofs for the Sydney Olympics dated 2000. Each coin has the edge lettering GAMES OF THE XXVII OLYMPIAD.
Stuart Devlin's original concept description:
A koala sitting in a eucalypt tree - the main source of its food - will be featured in the central area and will be surrounded by a border of the abundant flowers and nuts of the flowering gum.
His comments on the final design:
'I tried to depict a contented koala contemplating his next meal. The flowering gum has always been a favourite of mine possibly because there was a magnificent specimen near where I lived as a child in Geelong. From a designer's perspective it gives scope for variety because both the buds and the seeds (nuts) are almost as interesting as the flowers.'
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