Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch

From 16 December 2016
Royal Australian Mint
Entry is FREE

Private Tours of the exhibition will run Monday - Friday at 11am and 3pm until 30 April 2017. Tours are $10 per person with spaces limited.

From the platypus amid rippling water to a resplendent lyrebird, Geelong-born Stuart Devlin AO is best known in Australia as the designer of our decimal coins.

The much-loved coins were the springboard for an international career as the most creative and influential designer goldsmith and silversmith of the past 50 years.

An exhibition of his work – Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch – opened at the Royal Australian Mint on 16 December 2016, fifty years after his decimal coins went into circulation.

Crediting the commencement of his illustrious career to designing Australia’s decimal coins, Devlin’s influence on twentieth century international art is explored in this historical exhibition.

Free to visit, Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch features specific highlights from Devlin’s career including an iconic place setting and candelabrum from his personal collection, the ubiquitous Wiltshire Staysharp carving knife and original sketches from where it all began.

This is the first time that a selection from his creative genius has been brought together in one exhibition in Australia. Together, the pieces on display show why Devlin is regarded as the most creative and prolific designer goldsmith and silversmith of his time.

Apart from designing Australia’s decimal coins that were released into circulation in February 1966, Devlin has designed coins for 30 other countries, including the United Kingdom and Singapore. He says: ‘I like the fact that millions of people around the world carry my work in their pockets.’

Many honours have come his way, notably his appointment as Goldsmith and Jeweller to the Queen in 1982. After designing many of the awards within the Australian honours system, he was himself appointed an AO in 1988. Among other achievements, he designed the medals and coins for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Read the extensive biography of Devlin’s acclaimed work here:

Specialised Tours

We will be offering tours of the exhibition with a guide holding specialist knowledge of Stuart Devlin and his work to explore his illustrious career in further depth. The cost is $10 per person for a 30 minute tour. You can book at space on one of these specialised tours via Eventbrite here.

2017 2c Uncirculated Bronze Coin - Revisiting a Vision

A special collectible commemorative coin has been released in Devlin’s honour featuring the never-before-struck ‘Kangaroo and Joey’ based on Stuart Devlin’s original 1966 concept for the nation’s circulating two cent piece. While the frill-necked lizard eventually won out, this iconic image has stood the test of time, a testament to the immunity of great design and a true hallmark of Stuart Devlin’s enduring appeal.

This coin will be available to purchase ($12.50 each) in February.

Please visit our acknowledgements page to learn those who the Royal Australian Mint wishes to thank the following individuals and organisations for their assistance in developing this exhibition.

Stuart Devlin Catalogue

The ultimate companion to the Stuart Devlin - The Designer with the Midas Touch exhibition or the perfect literature if you can’t make it to the Mint, this insightful catalogue showcases art, design and the glittering Devlin legacy. Whether a gift or something to keep, this catalogue is sure to appeal to lovers of art, beauty and design. Available here for $19.95.