Shepp host mint bushrangers

By James Bennett

Literally thousands of coins were available in Shepparton today ... well sort of.

The Royal Australian Mint had a pop-up shop in the Maude St Mall yesterday as part of stage four of a roadshow promoting the 2019 $1 ‘The Bold, the Bad and the Ugly’ coin.

A strong turnout of Shepparton residents showed an interest in minting a collectable $1 coin, a coinswap for collectors and chance to buy collectable and counterstamp coins.

The mobile press was busy all day for people who wanted to mint their own coins.

A Royal Australian Mint spokesperson said Shepparton people were not afraid to shown an interest in the coins.

‘‘The main benefit is they get access to products they wouldn’t previously seen before.’’
The 2019 $1 The Bold, the Bad and the Ugly coins reflect some of Australia most notorious colonial bushrangers, including ‘Moondyne Joe’, Kenniff Brothers, ‘Captain Thunderbolt’, ‘The Captain’s Lady’ and ‘Brave Ben Hall’.

The spokesperson said the Royal Australian Mint released a new theme of coin every year on January 1.

‘‘The bushrangers roadshow is part of our mint mark sweet,’’ they said.
‘‘People can come along to learn a little bit about Australia’s history and colonial pass while picking up a collectable coin.

‘‘The crowd was great; a lot of Shepparton people came down to pick up their coinswap and mint their coin. We’ve had fairly heavy stream of people throughout the day.

‘‘The most popular coins in Shepparton has been ‘Mad Dog Morgan’ and ‘Captain Moonlite’.’’