2019 Australia Mutiny & Rebellion - The Eureka Stockade $1 Coin
The goldfields of Victoria in the 1850s were a rough place. Miners clashed with police as the government enforced unsustainably harsh fees and restrictions. A potential uprising brewed. In November 1854 rebellious miners, under their leader Peter Lalor, erected a wooden stockade on the goldfields of Ballarat, and unfurled their newly created Eureka flag.
On 3 December 1854 the tensions surged into violence. A force of police and soldiers, well-armed, rushed the stockade. At least thirty miners and five police were killed, with innocent bystanders caught up in the violence.
Although the miners were soundly defeated, their rebellion brought their plight to the attention of a sympathetic public and provoked a Commission of Enquiry. The Eureka Stockade eventually led to a more egalitarian government, and the Eureka flag is still valued as the symbol of an uprising that changed the face of Australia's democracy.
- Design reflects the violent uprising of Eureka Stockade
- Coin is presented in a themed presentation card
- Limited mintage of 30,000 coins