In 2007, the Royal Australian Mint marks the 75th Anniversary of the world’s largest steel arch bridge with a three coin series.
The first of the coins, the 2007 $5 Fine Silver Proof Coin, recognises the engineering and aesthetic achievements in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge 75 years ago. In a striking view from Milsons Point, the span of Bridge across the harbour is captured in a silver proof quality setting.
Further coins in this series include the 2007 $1 Fine Silver Proof Coin and the 2007 $1 Mintmark Coin, which capture the moment the two halves of the Bridge’s arch were joined together.
At the opening of the Bridge on 19 March 1932, Captain Francis De Groot charged through the crowd on horseback to cut the ribbon, depriving the NSW Premier, the Hon. John T. Lang of the honour, in protest that a Royal guest had not been invited to officiate. Fortunately, nobody on horseback spoilt the release of the coins in Canberra yesterday.
Recognising the significance of its 75th Anniversary, Janine Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint commented on the Bridge’s place in Australian history. “It gives me great satisfaction to release this coin series celebrating such a significant milestone for the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Since its completion the Bridge has been the link between the north and south shores of Sydney Harbour, allowing vehicular, rail and pedestrian traffic to cross whilst still allowing ships to pass through to Darling Harbour and beyond. The Sydney Harbour Bridge designed by Dr. JJ Bradfield is truly an engineering masterpiece and deserves to be recognised in this exciting new coin series. Interestingly the Mint has a special link with Dr. Bradfield in that Roslyn, one of his grand- daughters, is married to Mr. John Joslin, a previous Controller of the Mint.”
All three coins are now on sale. Both silver proof quality coins have a limited mintage of 12,500 and are sure to be popular amongst collectors across the world.