Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson CBE (1864 – 1941) is renowned as an Australian bush poet, but he was also a solicitor, journalist, war correspondent, soldier and author.
Paterson grew up in rural New South Wales, which engendered a lifelong love of the Australian bush and its characters.
His most notable poems include Waltzing Matilda, The Man from Snowy River and Clancy of the Overflow.
Educated at Sydney Grammar School, Paterson went on to become an articled clerk and was admitted to the bar as a solicitor in 1886, practising law for approximately a decade afterwards.
Paterson first began writing verses as a student, adopting the moniker 'The Banjo' which was taken from the name of a family racehorse. By 1895, Paterson’s ballads were so popular that Angus and Robertson published his collection, The Man From Snowy River and Other Verses. The first edition sold out and established the character of ‘the bushman’ as a romantic archetype in the national consciousness.
Aside from his poetry, Paterson served as a war correspondent in the South African War in 1899/1900, travelling to China and England in the subsequent years. During World War I, he served as an ambulance driver, returning to Australia in 1915. He then served in the Middle East. Despite being wounded in 1916, he continued to serve until 1919.
After the war, Paterson resumed his journalistic career. He was by now a famed figure as his poems had been reprinted many times over. The poet retired from active journalism in 1930 to devote his time to his many creative writing projects, earning a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1939.
Paterson died, after a short illness, on 5 February 1941.
No more than 500 1/4oz gold proof coins will be released. Each coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
The 1/4oz gold proof coin’s reverse depicts a photographic portrait of Banjo Paterson fringed by Banksia flowers against a background of wild brumbies. His signature, and the inscription A.B. “BANJO” PATERSON 1864 - 1941, also feature in the design with The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Each coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination.
The 1/4oz gold proof coin is housed in a black display case with a wooden lid and an illustrated shipper, and are accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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