2004 - New Year changeover for special Mint coins - 150 year celebration of Eureka

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Visitors to the Royal Australian Mint on 1 January 2004 will be the first to acquire the new $1 mint mark coin featuring the 150 year Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade.

The coin will be mint marked with a 'C' to denote Canberra as the origin of the 'striking of the coin'.

The $1 mint mark coin is only available from the special coin press at the Royal Australian Mint and will be available until 31 December 2004. People outside of Canberra can order the coin from March 2004 through the Mint's Mint Issue subscription program and coin dealers throughout Australia.

An event of its own is the annual replacing of the die on the special coin press at the Mint. Each year, on 1 January, the design is changed by replacing the 'die'. The 'die' is a hardened metal tool, which carries the engraved design, and is impressed on one side of the blank coin.

The new design for the $1 mint mark coin in 2004 captures the spirit of the Eureka Stockade. 2004 marks 150 years since the uprising of the gold miners at Ballarat. Eureka is widely viewed as the most dramatic event experienced on Australian soil in the 19th century. The event, which took place on Sunday 3 December, is seen by many Australians as the rise of democracy in this country and the concept of a 'fair go'.

'Photo Opportunity' - Visitors/people 'minting' their coin on 1 January 2004 from 10am to 4.00pm.

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