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Eureka

2004

This 2004 Eureka Stockade piece was issued to commemorate 150 years since the Eureka Stockade in the Victorian Goldfields. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and features an impression of Victorian Government troops storming the miners blockade with the Eureka flag flown proudly overhead. The legend states "EUREKA STOCKADE 1854" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR". In addition to an unknown number of plain pieces, this coin has been issued with counter-stamps from Melbourne (M), Sydney (S), Canberra (C), Brisbane (B) and the Eureka Centre in Ballarat (E) (see examples below). The reverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004".

During the mid 19th century the Victorian Goldfields rapidly expanded with migration predominately from Britain and China. These migrants sought their fortune panning or digging for gold around Bendigo and Ballarat. In 1854 Charles Hotham became governor of Victoria and began to implement stricter control over the area including enforcing weekly mining license checks. Issues surrounding licensing, police corruption, and voting rights increasingly angered the miners. On the 29th and 30th of November a large meeting of miners in Ballarat burnt their mining licenses and while displaying the Southern Cross Flag marched to the large mine Eureka diggings where a stockade was constructed. Around 500 diggers garrisoned themselves in the stockade, gathering weapons and wearing an oath to the Southern Cross Flag.

On the 3rd of December the 12th and 40th Regiments of the Victorian Government coupled with the local police force stormed the blockade. The diggers were heavily outnumbered and were defeated with twenty-two miners and five government troops dead. In 1855 a report on the Gold Fields was handed down and the government met the demands made by the diggers. The Eureka stockade is often regarded as a vital step in the development of Australian democracy.(Australian Government, 2010)

An 'E' counter-stamp from the Ballarat Eureka Centre on this 2004 One Dollar (Eureka) piece.

A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinThe tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinAustralian Government, 2010The inscription around the inner edge of the coin

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692004 Unknown         2004-S 45,098161717273135462108902004-M 37,526222323242525401908702004-E 95,94828303134343435993302004-C 70,913252728303131522209102004-B 33,83525262729293045210890 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2004 Silver Proof17,697343434345096Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.