Sydney 2000 Olympic Gold / Silver Proof Millennium Coin Collection
Contains each of the 8 gold and 16 silver coins released, housed in an exclusive presentation case
This set was the most exclusive collectable of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
Sydney played host in September and October 2000 to the world's biggest sporting spectacular - the Summer Olympic Games. The event was declared "the best Games ever" by IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Demand for collectables commemorating the Sydney 2000 games was incredibly high, not only in Australia but right around the world. Many collectors wanted an heirloom of the event that was solid and officially-produced to pass onto future generations.
The Sydney 2000 Olympic coins have been the most enduring collectables of the entire games, for these four reasons:
- They were produced by the Australian government;
- They were truly limited edition;
- They featured superb quality & presentation; and
- They were made from solid, pure Australian gold and silver.
Australia's Premier Olympic and Millennium Memento
When it was unveiled, the joint press release issued by the Perth and Royal Australian Mints stated: "The Millennium Coin Collection, of which only 3,000 will be made available worldwide, brings together all eight gold and sixteen silver coins of the Sydney 2000 Coin Program in one spectacular set. It is Australia's premier Olympic and Millennium memento and will delight both Olympic collectors and non-collectors alike for generations to come."
These sets were released at the very end of the Olympic Coin Program and were incredibly hard to get at the time.
Presentation Case - Brilliant Design and Craftsmanship
No expense was spared in the presentation of this landmark collection.
The magnificent presentation box that houses each Millennium Coin Collection is itself an example of brilliant design and craftsmanship.
Commissioned specially for the collection, the limited edition of 3,000 individually numbered boxes has been created by leading furniture designer Glen Holst and crafted in beautiful Western Australian jarrah and she-oak. Inside each box, each of the twenty-four coins is recessed into a richly lined burgundy tray which tilts upwards when opened to display the collection to maximum advantage.
The sliding drawer housing the hardbound book which accompanies the collection has an ingenious locking system that prevents the accidental opening of the drawer when the box lid is closed. There is also a special compartment housing the Certificates of Authenticity, with matching serial numbers, for the individual coins.
More than two years were invested in the development and construction of these boxes. Each is made from forty-three individual, hand-finished and meticulously fitted components.
The timber for each box was hand-selected to ensure a complementary balance of colour between all the components. For the marquetry inlay of the presentation box lid, a six-month search was undertaken to find exactly the right ‘flitch' of jarrah to provide uniform grain and colour throughout the 3,000 lids. The she-oak components were all hand-sawn, especially for this commission.
Hardbound Book - The Definitive Record of the Collection
The accompanying, forty-four page hardbound book serves as the definitive record of the collection.
Each is individually numbered and displays high truly -quality production values. The gilt-edged pages contain a full description of the collection's provenance, include outstanding images and photography throughout, as well as plates of Stuart Devlin's original drawings of all the precious metal coins and the Certificate of Authenticity for the collection.
The total gold weight of the coins in this set comes to 2.57ozt, there is also 16 ozt in silver included.
The coins, case, presentation book and certificates are all included and remain in excellent condition.
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