The Perth Mint's 2001 Silver Millennium coin features designs from the ancient Egyptians, who were among the earliest people to measure accurately the solar year, the basis of our modern calendar, nearly 7,000 years ago.
The design incorporates a coloured satellite image of the Earth with a gold insert of the Sun, and is surrounded by winged sun discs and ancient deities from the Temple of Hator.
The Australia 2001 Silver Millennium coin is struck to proof-like quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. It is legal tender under the Australian Currency Regulations Act, with a monetary denomination of $1.
The Royal Australian Mint's Millennium coin, "The Present", symbolizes modern Australia. A central design of a new sapling over a map of Australia signifies the growth of a developing nation and fresh beginnings.
A pad-printed Sun rising over the continent completes the central design. The gold plated outer design represents the emergence of Australian civilization and culture.
"The Present' coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver, gold-plated on the outer ring with a proof finish. It is legal tender under the Australian Currency Regulations Act, with a monetary denomination of $10.
Only 2000 sets issued.