Woolworths Eltham, Laurimar, Lilydale and Mernda Village are commemorating 60 years of one of Australia’s most loved TV characters, Mr Squiggle, with the release of limited edition coins in cash registers from today.
Four $2 coin designs, with one released each week, have been fashioned by the Royal Australian Mint with depictions of Mr Squiggle and his friends Gus the Snail, Bill Steamshovel and Blackboard.
We remember Mr Squiggle as a child and later in secondary school when this reporter was being cheeky during a year seven music class in 1991 and shoved a pencil up his nose.
Minister responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, Zed Seselja, said; “Since first appearing on TV screens across Australia in 1959, Mr Squiggle has entertained millions, including me when I was growing up, with his impressive drawings and inquisitive nature.
“I am thrilled Australians will be able to celebrate Mr Squiggle through this collector coin series, a tribute to a character well-loved in Australian culture.”
“The vibrant colours and intricate illustrations on the coins capture the fun and wonder that Mr Squiggle brought to Australian households for decades.
Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle creator, Norman Hetherington said; “lt’s such an honour to have the Royal Australian Mint and Woolworths immortalise my father’s work in this unique way.
“The coins perfectly represent Mr Squiggle’s fun and imaginative view of the world attributes he shared with my father.
“I’m excited to share this opportunity with Australians who have grown up with him and remember him fondly, and also to introduce Mr Squiggle to a new generation.”
Woolworths Victoria State General Manager Andrew Hall said: “We are delighted that our store will be home to such an iconic character for the next few weeks.”
“For 60 years he graced our TV screens so there’s no doubt that many of our customers grew up with him and are just as thrilled about this coin launch as we are here at Woolworths.”
There will be a staggered release of the commemorative coins over the coming weeks, with the first $2 design released in Woolworth’s registers nationwide from today.
There will also be a limited release of a collectable coin album at a cost of $15, which in addition to the four $2 coins, will also include two $1 coins and a special 1 cent coin.
The release of the Mr Squiggle coin collection follows previous coin collections at Woolworths including Possum Magic, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.