|Australia has 26 new circulating $1 coins, each celebrating an aspect of Aussie life and culture?|
|Join The Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2, too?|
These coins take me back to my childhood memories of growing up in Australia and tug on the heart-strings and memories ... just like they are supposed to do:-)
|Exclusively distributed through Australia Post, itself the subject of the first coin in series 1, for A|
|Coined during betting matches of 'two-up'?-)|
|Amy 'Dolly' Everett was the face of Akubra|
|J is for Jolly Swagman?|
I remember when we used to sing 'God Save the Queen' before school in the early 70s, because it was then the Australian national anthem, and how when we were voting for the new Australian national anthem how 'Waltzing Matilda' was one of the nation's choices in that vote.
Thank God it didn't become the Australian national anthem, as much as I like the song.
|The DINGO's got my VICTA lawn mower?-)|
|D is for Dingo?|
|V is for Victa Lawnmower|
And what's this X is for is for Xanthorrhoea?
Who calls those plants that in Australia, as I've always known them as "Blackboys", ever since I was a boy growing up in Australia.
|X is for Xanthorrhoea?!|
The Aboriginal people called the plants Balga because after a bush fire had ravaged the land, the blackened trunk of the Xanthorrhoea would be revealed beneath the burned lower leaves, and would resemble a child like black figure.
Others believe that the plant, with its bush fire blackened trunk and long flower spike resembled an Aboriginal boy wielding a spear."
Six of the 26 coins are nothing but a bit of nostalgic Australian brand product placeMINT, if you ask me;-)
On the subject of nostalgia and product placement, my mother would tell me when I was a little boy that her father's (my grandfather who died before I was born) favourite chocolate bar was the Cherry Ripe.
The Trickster Awaits?The Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of the current $1 coin, including the coins in this program.
|T is for Tim Tam|
|N is for Nobby's Nuts?|
|C is for Cherry Ripe|
|Great Aussie Coin Hunt 2 – Letter 'C' coin|
So I have always associated the Cherry Ripe with my late grandfather.
And the other day when I was looking for old Andy Pandy clips for this recent post -