There are several places around the world that have become focal points for new year's celebrations. Times Square in New York with it's descending ball counting down to the new year, the sheer splendour of the Dubai New Year's celebrations and of course Sydneys New Years Eve fireworks spectacular.
The Sydney New Year's Eve celebrations is an annual event famed for it's lavish fireworks display, held annually since 1996. The fireworks display is the highlight of the event and is broadcast around the world. Synchronized to a soundtrack, the fireworks explode off the arches, catwalk and roadway of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as well as the surrounding city buildings including the Sydney Opera House and several barges.
To celebrate this annual spectacular that welcomes in Australia's the new year the Royal Australian Mint is issuing a special frosted uncirculated silver dollar coin. The reverse of the coin depicts a sculpted image of the Sydney skyline in the background, including the Sydney Opera House to the far left. The foreground is dominated by the Sydney Harbour Bridge as seen from below. The upper fields of the coin is colour treated with an psychedelic array of colours and 'snowflake' patterns to resemble an ongoing fireworks display. The colours range from deep midnight blues to vibrant red, yellow and shades of green. To the bottom third of the reverse side, on the water beneath the bridge as it were, are the words : ”SYDNEY” and “NEW YEAR'S EVE”.
The obverse is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the obverse legend describing the ruler, country and date of issue as well as the denomination. In clockwise order around the rim the legend reads : ”ELIZABETH II”, “AUSTRALIA”, “2017”, and “1 DOLLAR”. The denomination appears at the bottom and is separated from the rest of the obverse legend by two dots, one at either end.
The 1/2oz coin is struck from pure triple nine(.999 Fineness) silver and measures 35.89mm(1.4129 inch). The coin is only available in a frosted uncirculated finish and carries a total mintage of 5000 units. The coin is presented on a printed display card.
The coin is available to order from the Royal Australian Mint's website for AUS$60.00