In 1930 the legendary thoroughbred Phar Lap won the Melbourne Cup. The champion horse and his suspicious sudden death are key events in Australian cultural and sporting history. The Royal Australian Mint has celebrated the 70th anniversary of Phar Lap's Melbourne Cup victory with two five dollar commemorative coins. The first is a proof piece made from aluminium bronze to a limited mintage of 20,000. The second is a bi-metallic uncirculated piece made with an aluminium bronze centre and a stainless steel ring. Both coins were designed by Vladimir Gottwald and share an illustration of Phar Lap and his jockey.