To mark the 150th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade the Royal Australian Mint is striking an 'E' mintmark on a $1 aluminium bronze coin with a distinctive contemporary design.
For a three day period only, Friday 27 February until Sunday 29 February, visitors to the Eureka Centre, Ballarat, Victoria will have the opportunity to press the letter 'E' for Eureka on the pre struck $1 coin. The Eureka Centre is situated on the site where the violent uprising took place and the Royal Australian Mint will be on site for the three day period for this unique opportunity.
The Eureka Stockade is considered one of the most significant events in the evolution of Australian democracy. Now considered the birthplace of the Australian spirit and all that embodies 'fairness' and a 'fair go' for all, the Eureka Centre provides a dramatic focus for contemplation and reflection and is a fitting location for the Mint to launch the 'E' mintmark.
As mintmarks identify the location or origin of where the coin is being struck since 1 January this year visitors to the Mint's Visitor Gallery began pressing 'C' for Canberra on the $1 aluminium bronze coin.
Both the 'E' and 'C' mintmark coins are also available from the Mint and coin dealers throughout Australia and selected Australia Post outlets. They are presented in a three panel card, which features details of the painting which inspired the design, and a concise story of the event.
The mintmark machine will operate at the Eureka Centre the following hours:
Friday 27 February - 12 noon - 4.30pm
Saturday 28 February - 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday 29 February - 9.00am - 4.30pm
The Eureka Centre
Cnr Eureka & Rodier Streets
'Photo Opportunity' - Visitors/people 'minting' their coin at the above times at the Eureka Centre.
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