On Tuesday 26 August at Manuka Oval, Canberra, the Royal Australian Mint will officially launch its latest collector coin which commemorates the 100th Anniversary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth.
Bradman’s final match was played at Manuka Oval in 1963 when, at the specific request of Prime Minister Robert Menzies, he captained the first Prime Minister XI side against England.
Rick Scheeren remembers the cricket match fondly. Forty-five years ago, the 10 year old polio sufferer scaled a fence with his crutches in the hope of getting his brother’s cricket bat signed. Rick famously scored the Don’s autograph and the iconic photo of this encounter was admitted to the National Archives in 2006.
“My brother was having no luck getting his bat signed so I jumped the fence and knocked on the players’ door. It was a huge surprise that the greatest cricketer of all time answered that knock.” said Mr Scheeren.
“We are proud to release this collector coin which celebrates what would have been Sir Donald Bradman’s greatest century. He is revered in sporting history, locally and internationally, as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman’s performance on and off the cricket field is a true inspiration to all sportsman. He played an important role in the development of the game and shaping this great nation” said Janine Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.
The coin will feature at the Sir Donald Bradman Centenary Dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 27 August 2008. Ricky Ponting, Australian Cricket Captain, will deliver the 6th Sir Donald Bradman Oration which honours the career, contribution and memory of the world’s greatest-ever cricketer. Cricket Australia will stream the Centenary Dinner live on their website http://www.cricket.com.au from 9.15pm.
“On behalf of Cricket Australia, I would like to thank the Royal Australian Mint for releasing a stunning coin which is a great contribution to continuing the legend of our greatest sporting hero, Sir Donald Bradman” said Mark Vergano, Chief Executive Officer of Cricket ACT.
The uncirculated coin has been released in partnership with the Bradman Foundation and depicts The Don giving the crowd his customary salute after scoring a century. To purchase the coin please visit www.ramint.gov.au, call 1300 652 020 or visit the Royal Australian Mint shop in Deakin, ACT.