The four $2 coin designs will be released one per week for four weeks from Wednesday February 13, and each will feature an image of Mr Squiggle, Gus the Snail, Bill Steamshovel and Blackboard.
Woolworths will be joining the festivities, and the special $2 coins will only be available at Woolworths registers. There will also be a limited release of a collectable coin album for $15, which will include two $1 coins and a special 1 cent coin in addition to the four $2 coins.
The release of the Mr Squiggle coin collection follows previous coin collections at Woolworths including Possum Magic, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Minister responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Zed Seselja, said; "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.
Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle creator, Norman Hetherington said; "lt's such an honour to have the Royal Australian Mint and Woolworths immortalise my father's work in this unique way.
“The coins perfectly represent Mr Squiggle's fun and imaginative view of the world, attributes he shared with my father.”
Woolworths General Manager of Programs, Rod Evenden said; “We are pleased to be able to help celebrate 60 years of such an iconic character loved by so many of our customers.”
“The $2 coins will only be in our registers for a limited time, so as Blackboard says, 'hurry up' if you want to get your hands on your own piece of Mr Squiggle memorabilia.”
Check out the coins below.
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