He's Mr Squiggle and he's back. Having entertained generations of children and no doubt a few adults with the puppet's uncanny ability to turn a squiggle into a picture, Mr Squiggle has now had an uncanny transformation of his own.
Mr Squiggle and his puppet friends from the long-running ABC children's show have made the big time with their own series of $2 coins being produced by the Royal Australian Mint.
Gus the Snail, Bill the Steam Shovel and Blackboard also make an appearance on the coins, which were released on Wednesday. For those unfamiliar with the popular show from a slower era, the Mr Squiggle television series, which aired from 1959 to 1999, was a show in which children would send in their "squiggles" which Mr Squiggle, a puppet with a pencil for a nose, would then turn into recognisable drawings. With 41 seasons, the show became one of the longest-running children's programs on Australian television.
The coins commemorate 60 years since the advent of the character.
Rebecca Hetherington is the daughter of Mr Squiggle's creator, Norman Hetherington, and was the host of the original show.
She said it was an honour to have the coins immortalise her father's work.
"The coins perfectly represent Mr Squiggle's fun and imaginative view of the world, attributes he shared with my father," she said in a statement issued by the mint.
The coins were released through Woolworths registers from Wednesday, February 13, with one of the four coins to be released each week. The coins can also be bought online through the mint or the supermarket. For Squiggle aficionados, the mint has also produced an entire album of the Squiggle coins, with each of the $2 coin characters, two $1 coins, and a 1 cent coin. It costs $15.
The mint would not elaborate on the relationship with Woolworths, saying it was commercial in confidence.
The mint maintained a catalogue of anniversaries and commemorations on a broad range of subjects including military conflicts, aviation and motor industry milestones, historical events, "cultural highlights", and notable endeavours by prominent Australians. Releases were based on that catalogue, it said.