A unique square coin styled on an early television set, complete with moving images,
has been released by The Perth Mint as a tribute to the past 50 years of Australian
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as Australian legal
tender, the 50 Years of Australian Television 1956-2006 coin features the Mint’s highly
acclaimed ‘lenticular’ imaging effects to portray six television icons from the past 50
years of broadcasting.
The Perth Mint is the only mint in the world to issue legal tender coins displaying
‘moving’ lenticular images. Two previous lenticular issues, the 35th Anniversary of the
First Moon Walk and the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II 1945-2005, have
proved a popular concept among collectors.
Announcing the coin at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, Perth Mint General Manager
Veronica Maguire said popular interest in the 50th anniversary of Australian television
was reflected in the Powerhouse’s successful On The Box exhibition.
“Like the classic clips and TV memorabilia at the Powerhouse, The Perth Mint’s
numismatic tribute recognises the impact of the world’s most powerful medium and the
outstanding achievements of Australian producers and broadcasters,” Ms Maguire said.
“We expect collectors to react equally enthusiastically to this new release, which has a
strictly limited mintage of just 12,500. With a recommended retail price of $85, the coin
is also likely to have broad appeal among a wide range of Australian television fans.”
Australian television began in Sydney in September 1956 with Station TCN’s This is
Television. The following year, Melbourne viewers tuned into variety show In
Melbourne Tonight, introduced by Graham Kennedy, who is depicted in colour in the
first of six images on the coin’s lenticular ‘screen’.
As the coin is moved, the images ‘morph’ miraculously from one to another in a
sequence portraying some of the most memorable personalities and productions in
Australian television history:
• Graham Kennedy – the ‘King’ of Australian television, who not only named Australia’s
leading TV awards the ‘Logies’, but was a recipient on no less than 14 occasions,
including Star of the Year in 1959;
• Playschool – Australia’s most successful regular television program for pre-schoolers
that has been on air since 1966;
• Skippy – Australia’s first international TV superstar whose worldwide popularity
earned the show a Logie for Best Export Production in 1969;
• Countdown – the Australian music institution said to have created a spike in
electricity demand every Sunday night as a result of its fans’ devotion.
• The Movie Show – the film connoisseurs’ choice hosted by Margaret Pomeranz and
David Stratton, whose famous spats made it irresistible to almost everyone; and
• Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Daryl Somers’ extraordinarily popular variety show that lasted
28 years because anything could happen – and usually did!
The new coin, which depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II on its obverse, is housed in a spiral-bound presentation booklet and dust
cover illustrated with a family watching an early television set.
The booklet, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, examines the
appeal and greatness of each television icon portrayed on the coin’s innovative reverse.
This exceptional coin is available from The Perth Mint by calling FREECALL on 1800
098 817, through The Perth Mint Shop located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, The
Powerhouse Museum Store, select leading coin dealers, Australia Post outlets and via
the web at www.perthmint.com.au
PICTURE EDITORS: Images of the Mint’s 50 Years of Australian Television coin can
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