Australia: Silver Proof Domed Coins Released Honouring Olympic Athletes At Paris 2024

The Royal Australian Mint have released new silver proof quality coins honouring their athletes competing in the Paris Olympics this summer.

by Michael Alexander | Published on June 12, 2024

This year’s Olympiad in Paris marks the centenary anniversary of the 1924 Games also hosted by the City of Lights. The 1924 Olympics was personally awarded to the city of Paris by the IOC’s first President Pierre de Coubertin as one of his last acts in this capacity. He wanted to give his native country of France a chance to redeem themselves after the many difficulties of the Games hosted in Paris in 1900, and to everyone’s pleasure, the second modern Olympiad and Paris’s second time as host was a huge success.

The spectacular 1924 Games introduced many of the traditions we recognise and enjoy today. The Olympic motto, CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was introduced, and for the first time, athletes stayed in a purpose-built Olympic village adjacent to the main stadium. The Closing Ceremony ritual of raising three flags, the Olympic flag, the Host Nation’s flag, and the next Host Nation’s flag, was also introduced. Paris and the world marked the arrival of the Olympic Games as a major international event. Competitors came from 44 nations, the main stadium accommodated a crowd of 60,000 and 625,000 spectators along with 1000 journalists visited the Games. The Australian Olympic Team’s prowess and the spirit of the Olympic Games will eagerly be showcased during the16 days of competition starting in July, Australia is to be represented by approximately 470 of the nation’s best athletes as they compete against the world in events including athletics, boxing, diving and rowing.

$5 Olympics. Designed by Royal Australian Mint graphic artist Alexandra Stokic, the reverse side of this dome-shaped or concave coin features an athlete performing the triple jump showing the approached, jump and landing juxtaposed against each other in front of a stylised athletics field. In the background are the bold letters spelling out PARIS, the host city along with a representation of a track field. To the upper right is the Australian Olympic logo. Below the lower half of the track is the text 2024 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM

$5 Paralympics. Designed by Royal Australian Mint graphic artist Adam Ball, the reverse design representing the Paralympic Team features a long jump athlete and a track athlete highlighted in gold plate. Behind them is an athletics track with the Eiffel Tower protruding through the centre and in reference to the many Parisian landmarks which will be used to stage various sporting events throughout the Games. Above the primary design is the commemorative inscription AUSTRALIAN PARALYMPIC TEAM with the additional text PARIS 2024 placed below along the lower rim.

Each coin includes an obverse effigy of HM King Charles III created by Engraver Dan Thorne along with the legend CHARLES III · AUSTRALIA 2024. The denomination 5 DOLLARS is placed below the King’s likeness.

DenominationMetalWeightDiameterQualityMaximum Mintage
 5 Dollars.999 Silver31.1 g.39.6 mm.Proof - Domed2,024
5 Dollars.999 Silver31.1 g.40 mm.Proof & Plated2,024

Both the Olympic and Paralympic coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom two-piece RAM-branded case accompanied with a certificate of authenticity and sold separately. For additional information, please visit the e-webshop of the Royal Australian Mint.

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Author: Michael Alexander

Michael Alexander image Michael’s background in both numismatics and banknotes spans more than three decades and whose activities have varied from being a dedicated world coin collector to coin & medal design, marketing, theme concept and production. His additional interests include banknote research and in 1997, he founded the London Banknote and Monetary Research Centre to further these interests and activities. The company continues to offer monthly currency bulletins to both online and printed publications which includes information about the latest banknote news and releases from Central Banks and Monetary Authorities around the world. Michael has been a contributor to COIN NEWS magazine based in the UK since 1998 where many of his in-depth interviews, articles and bulletins have been published.

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