Centenary of Ginger Meggs
6th crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace.
Ginger Meggs holding a cricket bat wearing cricket pads ready to hit the ball. Tony the monkey behind the paper bag used as stumps. A dog to the left and a cat to the right.
Designer: Jimmy Banks
7 shorter smooth segments between 7 reeded segments (11 grooves each)
Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)
Issued in a two coin set by the Royal Australian Mint to commemorate the Centenary of the Ginger Meggs comic strip. A century ago, Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created an iconic Aussie character, a red-headed boy called Ginger Meggs. Part battler, part larrikin, part philosopher, Ginger Meggs is one of Australia’s most successful cultural figures, ranking alongside Dame Edna, Crocodile Dundee and Blinky Bill. Following Jimmy Bancks’ death in 1952, the Ginger Meggs comic strip has been produced by a succession of talented artists, most recently Jason Chatfield since 2007.