This year marks the 100th anniversary of May Gibbs’ Gumnut Babies, the Australian children’s classic featuring a much-loved cast of fantasy bush characters. The success of the tale encouraged May to write and illustrate more short-stories inspired by Australian native flora, and in quick succession the Gum Blossom Babies, Flannel Flower Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies and others had captivated children’s hearts.
In celebration of the Gumnut Babies‘ centenary, The Perth Mint has released a superb commemorative coin featuring an original May Gibbs illustration of her tiny, cherub-like heroes.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin is housed in the hard-cover of a special limited edition, fully illustrated book featuring the Gumnut Babies short stories. More than 250 pages long, it also includes longer adventures featuring Nuttybub and Nittersing, and Chucklebud and Wunkydoo, as well as a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
A nostalgic collectable for those who grew up adoring May Gibbs’ work and a delightful gift for new generations of her fans, no more than 2,500 of these exclusive coin and book compilations will be released.
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