In 2004 Perth Mint issued this unique silver coin marks the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade. Its spectacular centrepiece encapsulates a selection of free-moving natural gold nuggets within a transparent ‘locket’. Struck from 0.782oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin depicts a scene from the 1854 uprising, with a small Eureka flag highlighted in colour.
The imposition of costly licences and the lack of political representation on the goldfields near Ballarat in the 1850’s inspired the construction of a defensive fortification where militant miners hoisted their rebel flag – a blue background featuring five stars connected by a white cross. Public indignation at the deaths and injuries inflicted by troops during the uprising contributed to the introduction of reforms, interpreted by many as one of the greatest victories for equity and fairness in Australia’s history.
Housed in an innovative timber case, which allow collectors to see the encapsulated nuggets even with the lid closed, the coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.