1 Dollar - Elizabeth II Eureka Stockade, Silver Proof
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Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Colonial military forces arrayed in front of the famed Eureka Stockade. Flying over the stockade is the symbolic Eureka Flag with the stars of the Southern Cross prominent
EUREKA STOCKADE 1854
7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
© Mike Bentley
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Eureka Stockade the RAM released in 2004 an NCLT Fine Silver (.999) Proof coin. It was issued in a plush square blue box with numbered certificate but without a Mintmark or Counterstamp.
1854 saw the biggest act of rebellion in the short history of Australia at Ballarat in the Colony of Victoria. Some 10-15,000 miners protesting against extremely high mining license fees, corrupt government agents, and the total lack of rights for miners (such as the rights to own land and the right to vote) formed the Ballarat Reform League. Over the period of a few weeks they organised a rag tag military force, designed and flew their own Eureka flag (the famous blue and white southern cross flag used to this day as a sign of protest) In December 1854 a combined force of police and soldiers marched to Ballarat intent on putting the rebellion down. The miners fortified themselves within a shabby barricade of wagons and timber (the "Eureka Stockade").
The RAM also issued an Aluminium-bronze version of the coin with (C), (E), (S), (B), and (M) Counterstamps at various shows and events through the year.
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