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