KRUSTY THE CLOWN
Springing from the mind of Matt Groening, the cartoonist that created The Simpsons, Krusty is described as a a cynical, burnt-out, addiction-riddled smoker who is made miserable by show business but continues on anyway. Groening hails from Portland, Oregon, and partly based the character on a local TV clown called Rusty Nails.
He has gone on to become on the Simpsons most popular characters outside of the star family itself, and there have been several great episodes showcasing his exploits, and those of his compatriot, Sideshow Bob (voiced by Kelsey Grammar in fine style). Krusty is voiced by Dan Castellaneta, who, amongst other characters, is most famous for Homer Simpson himself. Indeed, Krusty was meant to look like Homer in disguise as it was originally intended that Krusty actually was Homer.
Long timer host of Bart Simpsons favourite TV program ‘The Itchy & Scratchy Show’, Krusty’s real name is Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofsky. Castellaneta has won awards, including an Emmy, for his voice work with the character. Krusty made his television debut on January 15, 1989 in the Tracey Ullman Show short “The Krusty the Clown Show”.
The Simpsons premiered as a half hour-series in 1989 and instantly became a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon, now seen across 60 countries in 20 languages. In 2018, The Simpsons reached an incredible milestone becoming the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history.
REVERSE: depicts a representation of Krusty the Clown smiling with two thumbs up and the inscription ‘KRUSTY THE CLOWN’. The design also includes Matt Groening’s signature and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2020 year-date, the coin’s weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin’s obverse.