Australia 2007 Five Dollar Silver Proof
Ashes series commemorative.
Obverse: Rank-Broadley portrait of Elizabeth II to right;
Reverse: Ashes urn with lion and kangaroo
Purity: 99.99% Weight: 36.31g Nett: 1.17ozt
A superb memento marking Australia's crushing victory over the Poms in the 2006/07 Ashes series.
The 2006–07 cricket series between Australia and England for the Ashes was played in Australia from November 2006 to January 2007. The series produced some notable records.
In the first test, Australia, achieved a first-innings lead of 445 runs on the first innings, after making 602 for 9 declared and then dismissing England for 157.
Rather than send England in again, Ponting chose to bat, making the lead of 445 the largest ever in Test history where the follow-on has not been enforced. Australia went on to win the Test.
In the second test, England batted first and made 551 for 6 declared. However, Australia went on to win the test. The English first innings score thus became the largest ever to be attained by a team batting first and declaring only to lose the match.
In the third test, Adam Gilchrist's century in the second innings, scored off only 57 balls, became the second fastest century in any Test match (after Viv Richards' century in 56 balls for the West Indies v England at St John's, 1985-86), and the fastest in any Ashes test. Gilchrist scored 24 runs off one over from Monty Panesar (026646), the greatest number of runs taken off one over in Ashes cricket. This took Gilchrist's total number of sixes in his Test career to 97, the greatest number hit by any batsman.
By losing the third test, England ceded the Ashes to Australia. England's holding the Ashes urn for only 15 months made this the shortest period in Ashes history that a team has held the coveted honour of 'holding the Ashes'.
In the fourth test, English wicket-keeper Chris Read took six catches in one Australian innings, equalling the greatest number of dismissals by an English keeper in an Ashes test. Read repeated the feat in Australia's innings in the fifth test (this time with five catches and one stumping).
In the fourth test, Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne snared his 700th wicket, the first bowler in Test history to do so.
By winning the fifth test, Australia won the series 5-0, only the second team to win a "whitewash" in Ashes history. The feat had previously been achieved only by Warwick Armstrong's Australian team in 1920-21.
I've spoken a lot of crap when flogging coins over the years, but if there's one coin that should be in every Australian male's collection, it should be this one.
Just think of how fantastic it will be to gloat over our victory over the poms each and every single time you pull this coin out in the decades to come.
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