Continuing the Mint’s highly anticipated annual New Year’s Day event, collectors and coin enthusiasts waited hours to observe the unveiling of the exciting new theme for the year ahead. The Mint announced that its iconic new theme this year will be ‘The Bold, the Bad and the Ugly: Australia’s wild colonial bushrangers’.
The new theme acknowledges the contribution that Australian bushrangers have made to the nation’s folklore and identity. This year also marks the second year of a three year series of themes focused on colonial Australia.
Mint CEO Ross MacDiarmid says that the new theme celebrates a key era in Australia’s unique history and the significant role that bushrangers have played in shaping the nation’s identity.
“This year, we are celebrating another era in Australian history by focusing on the stories of legendary Australian bushrangers,” said Mr MacDiarmid.
“It is important to recognise the lasting impact that the bushranging era has had on Australia, including its role in shaping Australian art, literature, music and our everyday way of life.”
Colonial Australia was a dangerous place, with lawless renegades known as bushrangers haunting the roads and settlements. Frederick Ward and his partner Mary Ann Bugg were known far and wide as ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ and ‘The Captain’s Lady’. Their boldness and acts of gallantry earned them a certain amount of public sympathy. With this Silver Proof Coin, the Royal Australian Mint recalls Australia’s bushrangers and their legacy of art, folklore and identity.
Colonial Australia was a dangerous place, with lawless renegades known as bushrangers haunting the roads and settlements. One story tells of the extraordinary John Francis Peggotty, known as the ‘Birdman of the Coorong’: a distinctive figure who held up travellers from the back of a riding ostrich. With this Gold Proof Coin, the Royal Australian Mint recalls Australia’s legendary bushrangers and their legacy of art, folklore and identity.