Media Release: Perth Mint Hosts Famous Cartoonist at Melbourne’s Annual Coin Show


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Tuesday 28 June 2011


Australian cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield will make two guest appearances at The Perth Mint Stand at the 2011 Melbourne Coin, Banknote and Stamp Show to be held on 2 and 3 July.

As writer and illustrator of Ginger Meggs since 2007, Chatfield is the fifth and youngest artist to compose Australia’s longest running comic strip, which was created by Jimmy Bancks in 1921.

Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the much loved cartoon, The Perth Mint has released a stunning 1oz pure silver coin which features a coloured representation of Ginger Meggs riding a kangaroo, with his dog, Mike, and his pet monkey, Tony. The coin was designed by Chatfield with the assistance of fellow Australian artists Peter Broelman and Rolf Harris.

Priced at only $115, each coin is presented in a prestigious timber gift box and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, which can be presented to Chatfield for signing at The Perth Mint Stand between 10.30am and 12.00pm each day of the Show.

The Ginger Meggs logo and the signatures of Bancks and Chatfield complete the creative design, while the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse of the coin, confirms the legal tender status of this Australian release.

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie says that the Mint set an extremely limited mintage for the coin to enhance its rarity and collectability.  “With only 3,000 coins available, we expect the release will be very popular with collectors and fans of the famous cartoon.”

The Ginger Meggs comic strip was named for its main character – an independent, cheeky, twelve year old boy with a healthy disrespect for authority – qualities of the quintessential Aussie larrikin.

Hosted by the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA), the Melbourne ANDA Show will be held on the Concourse Ground Level at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday 2 July (10am – 6pm) and Sunday 3 July (10am – 5pm). 

Featuring more than 50 exhibitors from all over Australia, the Melbourne ANDA Show will have more than $10 million worth of coins, banknotes, stamps and other collectables for sale.  There will also be $1,000 worth of prizes to be won including door prizes every hour, and exclusive show specials available.

Entry to the Show is just $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for concession card holders.  Children under the age of 15 years can enter free-of-charge when accompanied by an adult. Two day passes are also available for only $15.00 ($12.00 for concession).


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