The Perth Mint has issued 2014-dated gold and silver tributes to A. B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson, who was born 150 years ago in 1864. Among the trio of new releases is a spectacular 5oz silver proof coin presented with a gold-foiled replica of the front of Australia’s $10 banknote.
Australia’s $10 Banknote
The real-life $10 banknote has been associated with the famous bush poet since 1993. Designer Max Robinson incorporated several references to Paterson’s life and work on the front.
Do you know what they are?
- The portrait of Banjo Paterson is based on a photograph taken at the time of his return from the Boer War in 1900. As a war correspondent, he filed graphic accounts of the fighting for the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, and also the international news agency Reuters.
- Facing the portrait, the horseman reflects Paterson’s lifelong enthusiasm for horses and horsemanship, which resulted in his famous equestrian ballads.
- The horseman is rounding up ‘brumbies’ (wild horses) which are seen emerging over Paterson’s left shoulder. According to the Reserve Bank of Australia, they are based on pictures that appeared in The Australian Newspaper in 1870 and The Illustrated Sydney News in 1875.
- The images are inspired by ‘The Man From Snowy River’ – underneath are the famous poem’s opening lines: There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around That the colt from old Regret had got away
- The ‘Waltzing Matilda’ logo, seen right of Paterson’s hat, was taken from Marie Cowan’s sheet music for Waltzing Matilda published in 1903. In possibly the first product placement ever, Cowan changed the words of the chorus to promote Billy Tea.
- Microprinted lines from ’The Man from Snowy River’ also appear next to Paterson’s portrait. You’ll probably need a magnifying glass to see this amazing security feature on the real $10 note.
The Mint’s 5oz silver coin tribute to Banjo Paterson features a struck version of the poet’s portrait incorporating his signature. The coin’s reverse also features a coloured scene from ‘The Man From Snowy River’.
Other coins in this series are: