Media Release: Advocate for Australian Insects



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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Canberra resident and Australian insect enthusiast, Dr Beth Mantle, will make two guest appearances at The Perth Mint stand for the 2010 Canberra Coin, Banknote and Stamp Show, hosted by the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) on 6 and 7 November.

As manager of the largest collection of Australian insects in the world, Dr Mantle cares for more than 10 million specimens at the CSIRO’s Australian National Insect Collection.

Having made a valuable contribution to The Perth Mint’s latest children’s coin program, Backyard Bugs, Beth will appear at the Show between 10am and 1pm each day to share her childhood passion for creepy crawlies, talk about bugs, and present a number of interesting specimens – dead and alive!

“I have always been fascinated by animals, but as a child my favourite toy was a bug catcher. So, I spent a lot of my time in the garden hunting for beetles, grasshoppers and spiders,” Dr Mantle recollects.

The Perth Mint’s Backyard Bugs coin collection is the third release in the popular Young Collectors series, which is issued by The Perth Mint to encourage children to take interest in the exciting yet traditional hobby of coin collecting. The 2010 edition comprises nine Australian legal tender $1 coins portraying backyard bugs – from a beautiful butterfly to a bothersome blowfly. Gift-packed in a vividly illustrated album with a variety of bonus materials, youngsters can now collect backyard bugs that won’t bite!

The Canberra ANDA Show will be held in the Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Canberra on Saturday 6 November (10am – 6pm) and Sunday 7 November (10am – 5pm).

Featuring more than 30 exhibitors from all over Australia, the Canberra ANDA Show will have more than $10 million worth of coins, banknotes, stamps and other collectables for sale, making it a great day out for collectors, gift buyers and the whole family. There will also be $1,000 worth of prizes to be won, door prizes every hour and exclusive Show Specials available.

Entry to the Show is only $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for concession card holders. Children under the age of 15 years who are accompanied by an adult are permitted free entry. Two-day passes are also available for only $15.00 ($12.00 concessions). For information on the ANDA Coin Show visit


Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7269 Email