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Australian 5 Dollar Silver 2000 Olympic Map

This coin is encapsulated in a plastic case & is in clean proof condition. There’s some residue on the case, but the coin’s surface is pristine. The fields are mirrorlike & the details are frosty.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

The obverse shows the bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right, wearing her full regalia (a stylized variation on the Imperial State Crown, teardrop earrings, pearl necklace). The legend reads “Elizabeth II Australia 2000” clockwise from 7:00 to 4:00. The denomination is clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s a map of Australia, surrounded by 19 tall sailing ships (mostly they appear to be 3 or 4 masted schooners) representing the settlement era ships each with it’s masts pointing toward the center of the coin. On the continent, there are 2 stickfigures that seem to be dancing in opposite directions next to 4 footprints (a mix of outlined & full). Wavy lines surround the shore, representing the Great Barrier Reef. At 6:00 is a 6 sided trapezoidal diamond that may represent the Olympic Torch, with 5 colorized rings.

Identification code: Australia KM-371

Date: 2000

Mint Mark: C (Canberra)

Mintage: 100,000 (sold in sets of 16)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 99.99% Silver

Size: 40.5 mm

Weight: 31.635 g (without the case)

Other details: The interlocking rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games. There are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; the ring colours supposedly included all of those found on the national flags of the countries that competed in the Olympic games at that time. Coubertin wrote in the 1912 Olympique:

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Estimated Value: $75 with silver at ~$28/oz

Australian 5 Dollar Silver 2000 Olympic Coin

This coin is encapsulated in a plastic case & is in clean proof condition. There’s some residue on the case, but the coin’s surface is pristine. The fields are mirrorlike & the details are frosty.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Obverse

The obverse shows the bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right, wearing her full regalia (a stylized variation on the Imperial State Crown, teardrop earrings, pearl necklace). The legend reads “Elizabeth II Australia 2000” clockwise from 7:00 to 4:00. The denomination is clockwise from 7:00 to 5:00.

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

Australian 5 Dollar Silver Coin Map 2000 Reverse

On the reverse, there’s a map of Australia, surrounded by 19 tall sailing ships (mostly they appear to be 3 or 4 masted schooners) representing the settlement era ships each with it’s masts pointing toward the center of the coin. On the continent, there are 2 stickfigures that seem to be dancing in opposite directions next to 4 footprints (a mix of outlined & full). Wavy lines surround the shore, representing the Great Barrier Reef. At 6:00 is a 6 sided trapezoidal diamond that may represent the Olympic Torch, with 5 colorized rings.

Identification code: Australia KM-371

Date: 2000

Mint Mark: C

Mintage: 100,000 (sold in sets of 16)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 99.99% Silver

Size: 40.5 mm

Weight: 31.635 g (without the case)

Other details: The interlocking rings are the symbol of the Olympic Games. There are five interlocking rings, colored blue, yellow, black, green, and red on a white field. Originally designed in 1912 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin; the ring colours supposedly included all of those found on the national flags of the countries that competed in the Olympic games at that time. Coubertin wrote in the 1912 Olympique:

“…the six colours [including the flag’s white background] thus combined reproduce the colours of all the nations, with no exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri- colours of France, England and America, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, the yellow and red of Spain next to the novelties of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan and new China. Here is truly an international symbol.”

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia Five Dollars 2000 Continental Map

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Coin Australia 5 Dollar Olympic Ring Closeup

Estimated Value: $45 with silver at ~$17/oz

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint

This coin has passed through a few pockets, likely including a few US Marines and Army soldiers during the second world war. It has mild wear and a natural patina of age; I’d grade it Very Fine (VF30).

The reverse was designed by W. H. J. Blakemore; it shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a royal crown with six sided stars to either side. . The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “SIXPENCE” with the date below the crest, and the mint mark just above.

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

On the obverse, the silver 6d has a leftward facing bust of George the Fifth of England. He is shown wearing a crown and regalia that must weigh a ton. The portrait was engraved by Bertram Mackennal.

The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? Note that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters. This stands for George the 5th, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

Australia Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Australia Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-38 (1938-1945)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 12,000,000 (a fairly common date))

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 19mm

Weight: 2.82 grams (0.0838 troy ounce ASW)

Other details: This coin came from a hoard that I bought at a Precious Metal’s dealer. It had spent hte last 10 years or so sitting around with tourist pocket pocket change, old tax tokens, medals, and other forgotten treasures.

Estimated Value: $3-5 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australia 1942 D Threepence Silver Coin

This coin has some unsightly tarnish on it, but that indicates that it has original surfaces and hasn’t been cleaned. I would grade it Very Fine (VF30) or so.

On the reverse are three stalks of wheat tied together at the stalks with a ribbon. The legend reads “Australia * Three Pence”.  The date is written on either side of the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon. The mint mark is below that bar on the right, at approximately 6:10.

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

On the obverse, the 3d shows King George VI facing to the left. The boyish King is surrounded by the legend “GEORGIVS VI : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? This Latin inscription stands for George the Sixth, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-37 (1938-1944)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 16,000,000

Country of origin: United States (minted for Australia, as a wartime ally)

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard at a PM dealer. They had a bin full of assorted “foreign junk” and I was happy to dig through it for diamonds in the rough.

Estimated Value: $1.50-3.00 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australian 1928 3d Coin (Silver Threepence)

This coin is in well circulated condition. It is in Very Good to Fine condition (VG8-F12).

The obverse of the 3 pence has a leftward facing Imperial Bust of George the 5th of England. He is shown in full regalia, with a crown and a snazzy looking vest. The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. You may notice that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U – this is because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters and British coinage is based on the style of Roman coins.  The abbreviations translate as ‘George the Fifth, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India)’.

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Obverse

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Obverse

The reverse shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has a Saint George cross in the center, and six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. On top of the shield is a starburts – the ‘Star of Federation’. The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “THREEPENCE” with the date below the crest.

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Reverse

Australian 3 Pence Coin from 1928 Reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-24 (1911-1936)

Date: 1928

Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)

Mintage: 5,000,000

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 92.5 Silver (Sterling)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard of ‘strange foreign coins’ that a local precious metal dealer had in a 5 gallon tub. I wish I could find a few more tubs just like that!

Estimated Value: $2-3 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australia 1917 Sixpence Coin 6d

This coin has seen better days (better decades, come to that). I would grade it in Good to Very Good shape (VG8 at a guess).

On the obverse, the silver 6d has a leftward facing bust of George the Fifth of England. He is shown wearing a crown and regalia that must weigh a ton. The portrait was engraved by Bertram Mackennal.

The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? Note that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters. This stands for George the 5th, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Obverse

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Obverse

The reverse was designed by W. H. J. Blakemore; it shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a royal crown with six sided stars to either side. . The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “SIXPENCE” with the date below the crest, and the mint mark just above.

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Reverse

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-25 (1911-1936)

Date: 1917

Mint Mark: M (Melbourne)

Mintage: 1,632,000 (semi-key, but not ridiculously rare)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 19mm

Weight: 2.82 grams (0.0838 troy ounce ASW)

Other details: This coin came from a hoard that I bought at a Precious Metal’s dealer. It had spent hte last 10 years or so sitting around with tourist pocket pocket change, old tax tokens, medals, and other forgotten treasures.

Estimated Value: $8-12 with silver at ~$33/oz (it has a premium over melt value due to the scarce date)