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2021 $1 Coloured 1/2oz Silver Frunc 2 Coin Set - Centenary of Ginger Meggs
A century ago, artist and illustrator Jimmy Bancks introduced Australia to an enduring character – Ginger Meggs, the larrikin schoolboy with the shock of red hair.
Created by illustrator Jimmy Bancks in 1921, Ginger Meggs has featured in newspaper comic strips in Australia and around the world ever since. Ginger Meggs is now produced by cartoonist Jason Chatfield.
In 1921, Sydney artist Jimmy Bancks created a comic strip called Us Fellers, which first appeared in the comic section of the Sunday Sun newspaper, featuring a red-headed boy wearing a black waistcoat named Ginger Smith.
He soon became Ginger Meggs, an enduring Aussie character, part battler, part larrikin and part philosopher, who with his mates Ocker and Benny and girlfriend Minnie Peters, continues to amuse readers to this day.
Ginger Meggs and his gang experienced the highs and lows of Australia – sporting success, the depression, the Second World War and most recently, the Coronavirus, all with irreverent good humour.
Following Jimmy Bancks’ death in 1952, Ginger Meggs has been produced by a succession of talented illustrators - Ron Vivian (1953-1973), Lloyd Piper (1973-1982), James Kemsley (1983-2007) and by Jason Chatfield since 2007.
Ginger Meggs is Australia’s most successful comic strip, appearing in newspapers around the world. There has even been a movie and a stage musical, books and songs such as Just a Little Ginger Headed Feller from 1938.
Want to be mates with Ginger Meggs? Now’s your chance!
To celebrate 100 years of Australia’s favourite red-headed larrikin, any Australian who purchases a Royal Australian Mint Ginger Meggs coin could be in the running to cameo as a character in an upcoming Ginger Meggs comic strip!
How to enter:
1. Purchase a Ginger Meggs coin from either the Royal Australian Mint, Authorised Distributor or Australia Post. (keep your receipt, you’ll need this later)
2. Post three words that you’d use to describe yourself in the comments of the competition post on the Mint’s Facebook page.
The five best entries will have a photo of themselves turned into an illustrations by Ginger Meggs Artist, Jason Chatfield. The best of these illustrations, as decided by a public vote, will get a cameo as Ginger Meggs’s new mate. This is an incredible opportunity to become a part of Ginger Meggs history, and who wouldn’t want to be mates with Ginger?
What could you win?
Minor Prize - Five shortlisted entries will receive a framed copy of their illustration.
Major Prize - The winning illustrated character will cameo in an upcoming Ginger Meggs comic strip.
Runners-up - Ten runners up will receive a copy of the Ginger Meggs latest hardcopy book
Secure your entry today: Facebook page
Terms and conditions apply, please visit the Royal Australian Mint Website for details.