Iconic travel poster art now on Australian coins | New Coin Releases

Iconic travel poster art now on Australian coins

The advent of international aviation and the ‘jet age’ of the late 1950s and 1960s place less expensive, quicker lengthy-distance travel within attain of numerous men and women. In response, Australia launched an eye-catching poster campaign to sell its exotic attractions – sun, sand, surf and a unique array of fauna and flora.

Many Australian travel posters had been commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association (ANTA), established on 1 July 1929, “to place Australia on the globe&#8217s travel map and maintain it there”. Bright, desirable and enticing, these posters have been very powerful in encouraging guests to sample our sunny shores and vast, mysterious outback.

Some of the era’s most innovative artists produced works for the poster campaign which have subsequently grow to be hugely-desirable collectables. One particular of the standout artists was Eileen Mayo, who made a magnificent series of posters for the duration of the 1950s.

Click here to locate out a lot more about the definitive collection of Australian travel posters at the National Gallery of Australia.

AustraliaPosterBorn in England, Mayo’s training integrated a period under Henry Moore at Chelsea Polytechnic. She migrated to Australia in 1952 exactly where her operate incorporated murals, tapestries, stamps and posters, a lot of featuring native wildlife.

Issued in 1957, Mayo’s AUSTRALIA poster portrayed a bold image of a kangaroo with its joey in a remote outback landscape.

In what describes the objective of several of these operates of art, the Powerhouse Museum says it “illustrates the designer and client&#8217s interest in referencing Australia&#8217s exclusive fauna and landscapes as a dramatic and appealing aspect of Australian culture and identity.”

Australia Vintage Travel Poster – Kangaroo 2014 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to have been granted permission to reproduce Eileen Mayo’s iconic operate on the initial coin in a new series featuring Australian vintage travel posters.

Issued as Australian legal tender, this rectangular-shaped release is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof high quality.Australia_Travel-PosterAssuring collectability, no much more than 5,000 of these excellent coins will be issued by The Perth Mint. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, every coin is housed in a latex case displaying both its reverse and obverse style.

Credit: Eileen Mayo
Australia (Kangaroo)  1957
colour lithograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Margaret MacKean-Taylor 1993

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