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1992 RAM Decimal Proof Set - Barcelona Olympics
This is a mint condition proof set in its full original packaging.
Amongst the proof coins is the then new Olympic $1 coin.
1992 was a significant year for coin collectors in that it marks the first year of the new six coin production series given that the 1 and 2 cent coins ceased production the year before.
The one dollar coins was specially commissioned by the Royal Australian Mint to commemorate the XXV Olympiad by featuring a javelin thrower.
The RAM had also achieved in this year the International Quality Standard ISO 9002 which at this time was the only mint in the world to achieve this status.
Altogether a really nice coin set that has several significant facets to it.
The 1992 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event celebrated in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, in 1992. The International Olympic Committee voted in 1986 to separate the Summer and Winter Games, which had been held in the same year since 1924, and place them in alternating even-numbered years, beginning in 1994. The 1992 Summer Games were the last to be staged in the same year as the Winter Games. Due to the end of the Cold War, these games were the first without boycotts since 1972. The Olympic flame cauldron was lit by the Paralympic archer Antonio Rebollo, who shot an arrow lit by the last torch runner into it. Rebollo deliberately overshot the cauldron; though some sources claim it was done for the safety of the spectators, in fact Rebollo's arrow did not light the natural gas rising from the cauldron. This was done by a Reyes Abades technician via remote control in all rehearsals and the ceremony itself, as Abades explained in an interview with his local newspaper 'globalhenares.com', "...he created the mechanism for lighting the Olympic flame". South Africa was allowed to compete in the Olympics for the first time since the 1960 Games, after a long suspension for its apartheid policy. White South African runner Elana Meyer and black Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu fought a close race in the 10,000 m (won by Tulu) and then ran a victory lap hand in hand. Following its reunification in 1990, Germany sent a single, unified Olympic team for the first time since the 1964 Games.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.
5c the Spiny Ant Eater,
10c the Lyre Bird,
20c the Platypus,
50c the Kangaroo and Emu on the Coat of Arms
$1 a javelin thrower for the Barcelona XXV Olympiad, This coin was not released into circulation (known as an NCLT issue). It was a standard size 25mm aluminium bronze dollar weighing 9 grams with edge interrupted reeding. The reverse depicts a Javelin thrower sculpted by Margaret Priest with "XXV OLYMPIAD BARCELONA 1 DOLLAR", the legend. The obverse is the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
$2 an aboriginal elder.
All six proof coins are set and housed in a clear sealed plastic container. The set is encased in a Royal Australöian Mint protective foam cover.