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MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER Banjo Paterson Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2010


Even if it’s only the first couple of lines, virtually all Australians can recite part of Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River. Issued to coincide with the 120th anniversary of its initial publication, this dramatic full colour legal tender coin forms an outstanding tribute to what is rightly considered one of the most iconic, most important literary works in Australian history.

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"The Man from Snowy River" is a poem by Australian bush poet Banjo Paterson. It was first published in The Bulletin, an Australian news magazine, on 26th April 1890.
The poem tells the story of a horseback pursuit to recapture the colt of a prizewinning racehorse that escaped from its paddock and is living wild with the brumbies (wild horses) of the mountain ranges. Eventually the brumbies descend a seemingly impassably steep slope, at which point the assembled riders give up the pursuit, except the young hero, who spurs his pony down the "terrible descent" to catch the mob.
Two characters mentioned in the early part of the poem are featured in previous Paterson poems; "Clancy of the Overflow" and Harrison from "Old Pardon, Son of Reprieve".

Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (1864 – 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet, journalist and author. Bush poets were Australian poets who wrote about Australian rural life during colonial times and about the Australian bush. Many colonial bush poets were illiterate and performed their poems instead of writing them. He wrote many ballads and poems about Australian life, focusing particularly on the rural and outback areas, including the district around Binalong, New South Wales where he spent much of his childhood. Paterson's more notable poems include "Waltzing Matilda", "The Man from Snowy River" and "Clancy of the Overflow".

  • CountryTuvalu
  • Year2010
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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Using the latest in modern minting to capture the essence of this timeless literary classic, the Perth Mint has created a truly memorable legal tender tribute to The Man from Snowy River. Beautifully accommodated by the broad 40mm diameter flan, the depiction of the poem’s hero in pursuit of the mob instantly catches the eye. Crafted to the finest Proof quality from pure, lustrous .999 silver, the superbly ‘struck-up’ portrayal of the rugged Aussie High Country forms a fine complement to the Mint’s expert application of full-colour.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2010 year-date.