In celebration of 60 years of one of the most beloved Australian TV characters, the Royal Australian Mint has announced the release of limited edition $2 Mr Squiggle coins in Woolworths supermarkets.
To celebrate the iconic man from the moon, the $2-coin designs will depict Mr Squiggle, and his friends Gus the Snail, Bill the Steam Shovel and Blackboard.
The coins will have a staggered release over the coming weeks and collectors and Mr Squiggle-lovers alike can also pick up a limited-edition coin album at a cost of $15 each.
Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle’s creator, Norman Hetherington, and host of the original show, said it was “an honour” to have the coins immortalise her father’s work.
“The coins perfectly represent Mr Squiggle’s fun and imaginative view of the world, attributes he shared with my father,” she said.
Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Zed Seselja, said that “since first appearing on TV screens across Australia in 1959, Mr Squiggle has entertained millions, including me when I was growing up, with his impressive drawings and inquisitive nature.”
“I am thrilled Australians will be able to celebrate Mr Squiggle through this collector coin series, a tribute to a character well-loved in Australian culture.
“The vibrant colours and intricate illustrations on the coins capture the fun and wonder that Mr Squiggle brought to Australian households for decades.”