Press release by the Perth Mint:
The iconic, trademarked illustrations of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™
have been brought to life on an Australian legal tender coin, as The
Perth Mint honors the work of May Gibbs and the magic of the
Originally published in 1918, Gibbs' enchanting creation tells the
story of two little gumnut brothers and their amazing adventures.
Struck from 1/2-oz. of 99.9% pure silver, the coin has a reverse
depicting a colourful image of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ sitting on
a tree branch, surrounded by gumnuts and gum leaves, with Little
Ragged Blossom between them. The design includes the inscription MAY
GIBBS SNUGGLEPOT & CUDDLEPIE™ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
“May Gibbs’ quintessential Australian stories have been a source of
fascination for generations of children and we’re delighted to bring
the captivating tales of Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ to fans old and
new,” said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the
coins feature the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination on the obverse.
An ideal gift for a newborn baby, this adorable coin is housed in an
elaborate themed gift card, with room to write the baby’s details,
complete a family tree, and a place to house a photograph.
Priced at $67.50, the coin can be purchased from The Perth Mint at
310 Hay Street in East Perth, by telephoning toll free 1-800-098-817
or by visiting perthmint.com.au Collectors can also purchase the
release from leading coin dealers and Australia Post outlets.
Each coin has TNS and CPA stamped on it, in recognition of
disability service providers Northcott and The Cerebral
Palsy Alliance who receive a generous portion of the sales of
May Gibbs’ products after the famous author generously bequeathed this gift.
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