This seven-coin set was issued by the Royal Australian Mint to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Mr Squiggle and Friends.
Generations of Australians have grown up with Mr Squiggle and his friends: Blackboard, Bill Steamshovel and Gus the Snail. From his home on the Moon, Mr Squiggle would visit Earth in his rocket to entertain children - with his gentle whimsy and wonderful talent for turning their squiggles into pictures with his pencil nose.
Created by cartoonist and puppeteer Norman Hetherington, the children’s television series Mr Squiggle ran on the ABC between 1959 and 1999. At its height, Mr Squiggle was one of the most popular children’s programs in Australia, receiving many thousands of squiggles each year from children around Australia.
The set contains four coloured $2 coins (which were also issued into circulation), two $1 coins meant to be for collectors only, as well as a special one cent coin - which is in a denomination that no longer circulated in Australia at the time of issue.
The two one-dollar coins were struck after the others and have the Queen's portrait by Jody Clark, which was introduced in Australia halfway through 2019.