The Sydney Harbour Bridge Five Dollar coin was released as a celebration of 75 years as an Australian landmark. It was
struck in Sterling Silver. The
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was constructed by a British company, Dorman Long and Co. of Middlesbrough. It has just celebrated eighty years since its' completion. The original cost of the bridge was $4.2 million (Australian Government, 2013) , and took eight years to complete. The opening ceremony on 19th March 1932 was a drama in itself, as Captain Francis De Groot rode up on his horse and slashed the ceremonial ribbon in defiance, as his political group was of the belief the only a member of the Royal Family should open the bridge. The bridge is now such a landmark that it has sightseeing trips whereby you can climb to the top of the bridge and get a 360 degree panoramic view that is quite breathtaking. The tours started back in 1988 and such people as Prince Frederik and Princess Mary of Denmark, Matt Damon, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Ferguson, Cathy Freeman and Kylie Minogue have all experienced it. The bridge is affectionately known as the 'Coathanger" and remains the worlds largest steel arch bridge.
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