The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) is marking a century of Australia’s most iconic comic strip, Ginger Meggs, with a brand new exhibition.
Leigh Gordon, the CEO of the Royal Australian Mint said “Since first appearing in the Sun Herald in 1921, Ginger Meggs has been brought into the lives of millions of families across Australia and around the world.
“The exhibition will excite a sense of nostalgia in collectors and Ginger Meggs fans alike. I am ecstatic that Australians can celebrate the centenary of an iconic Australian character through this exhibition.”
Capturing the life and times of the lovable red head, the exhibition features cartoon strips from the original 1921 comics created by Jimmy Bancks, as well as current cartoons drawn by Jason Chatfield.
Designed to delight the whole family, there will also be a range of objects on display, including figurines, lapels and money boxes, among other memorabilia featuring the lovable larrikin.
The launch of the exhibition coincides with the release of two collectible coins sets, commemorating Australia’s longest running comic strip.
Mr Chatfield notes that Ginger Meggs epitomises the quintessential Aussie larrikin spirit, which has allowed him to thrive for a century.
"It is a great honour to have my work and the work of Ginger Meggs’ original creator, Jimmy Bancks, immortalised on these coins.
“Ginger Meggs is Australia's favourite boy, and has seen more than any other Aussie over this past century. He crossed the Sydney Harbour Bridge when it opened in 1932, met cricketing legend Don Bradman and more recently, felt the impacts of the Black Summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.”
Ginger Meggs: 100 Years of Adventure will be on display at the Royal Australian Mint from Thursday, 3 June to 21 November 2021.
The Centenary of Ginger Meggs 2021 $1 Coloured Uncirculated Two-Coin Set and 2021 $1 Coloured Silver Frosted Uncirculated Two-Coin Set are available to purchase from the Royal Australian Mint’s eShop or Call Centre (1300 652 020).