YES, MISS PAT? | Mr Squiggle is on the new $2 coin

The latest limited-edition commemorative $2 coin features the Pinocchio-like string puppet Mr  Squiggle, a staple children's icon of the ABC for six decades.

One of his original human co-presenters, the late film producer Patricia  Lovell (she produced Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gallipoli and MonkeyGrip, among others), would've been thrilled.

The coins are being released only at Woolies stores -- including all Woolies in our region, including Bonnyrigg, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Fairfield  Heights, Liverpool and Wetherill  Park -- but go into circulation from there.

You can buy a collectors' album at Woolies for $15.

Four $2 coin designs, with one released each week, have been designed by the Royal Australian Mint with depictions of Mr Squiggle and his friends Gus  the  SnailBill  Steamshovel and Blackboard.

Minister responsible for the Royal Australian Mint, Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance, ZedSeselja, said; "Since first appearing on TVs across Australia in 1959, Mr Squiggle has entertained millions, including me when I was growing up, with his impressive drawings and inquisitive nature.

“I'm thrilled Australians will be able to celebrate Mr Squiggle through this collector coin series, a tribute to a character well-loved in Australian culture.

“The vibrant colours and intricate illustrations on the coins capture the fun and wonder that Mr Squiggle brought to Australian households for decades.

The late Pat Lovell with beloved Mr Squiggle.

The late Pat Lovell with beloved Mr Squiggle.

Rebecca  Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle's creator, Norman  Hetherington said; "lt's such an honour to have the Royal Australian Mint and Woolworths immortalise my father's work in this unique way. The coins perfectly represent Mr Squiggle's fun and imaginative view of the world, attributes he shared with my father."

Woolworths group manager CoreyRodziewicz said: “We're delighted our store will be home to such an iconic character for the next few weeks. For 60 years he graced our TVs so no doubt many of our customers grew up with him and are just as thrilled about this coin launch as we are here.”

There will be a staggered release of the commemorative coins over the coming weeks, with the first $2 design released at Woolworths registers nationally this week.

The collectors' coin album will also include two $1 coins and a special 1 cent coin.

This coin release follows previous coin collections at Woolworths, including Possum Magic, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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