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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Eureka Stockade

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Eureka Stockade) -  obverse 1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Eureka Stockade) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2004
Value 1 Dollar
1.00 AUD = 0.68 USD
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 9 g
Diameter 25 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 726
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Eureka Stockade

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

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.

Lettering:
EUREKA STOCKADE 1854
C
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Eureka Stockade)

Comments

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Eureka Stockade the RAM released an NCLT Aluminium-bronze dollar coin with (C), (E), (S), (B), and (M) Counterstamps. These were available for General Sale, and at various Royal & Coin Shows throughout the Country in a folding Coincard. At some of the Coin Shows they were able to be Counterstamped using the Mobile Press. Three coins are known to have escaped without a 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").

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a plush square blue box with numbered certificate but without a Mintmark or Counterstamp.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2004  3 Show Coins Missing Counterstamps
2004 (B) 32,142 Brisbane Counterstamp (General Sale)
2004 (B) 1,693 Brisbane Counterstamp (Mobile Press ANDA Show)
2004 (C) 70,913 Canberra Counterstamp (General & Dealer Sales)
2004 (C) Canberra Counterstamp (MYO Gallery Press) Mintage Unknown
2004 (E) 89,276 Eureka Counterstamp (General Sale)
2004 (E) 6,672 Eureka Counterstamp (Mobile Press)
2004 (E) 50 Eureka Counterstamp (Mobile Press) VIP Edition
2004 (M) 28,342 Melbourne Counterstamp (General Sale
2004 (M) 9,184 Melbourne Counterstamp (Mobile Press Royal Show)
2004 (S) 35,483 Sydney Counterstamp (General Sale)
2004 (S) 9,615 Sydney Counterstamp (Mobile Press Royal Show)

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