The 2004 $1 aluminum bronze uncirculated coin commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Eureka Stockade has been released by the Royal Australian Mint. This historic event took place on the 3rd of December 1854 in Ballarat, Victoria. The Stockade was a result of gold miners resentment of expensive and discriminatory taxes and the high-handed tactics of the authorities. This act of rebellion, courage and the raising of the crudely made blue and white flag is seen today as the origin of the Australian Spirit, the 'Eureka' flag has become a symbol of democracy and Eureka the birthplace of the Australian Spirit. For the first time, a letter 'E' will be struck on an Australian legal tender $1 coin and will be struck on the site of the stockade, now home to the Eureka Centre.