Sydney - The
"voice of cricket" Richie Benaud has been honoured with his face on a
50c coin in Australia, with a limited mintage inspired by statistics
from his storied career.
The former Australian Test captain and broadcaster, beloved by fans
around the world for his peerless television commentary and his
catchphrase "marvellous", died in his sleep last year aged 84.
He played his last Test against South Africa in 1964 and the new coin
was released to coincide with Australia's third Test against the
Proteas under way in Adelaide.
Royal Australian Mint's chief executive Ross MacDiarmid said it was an honour to feature Benaud on the currency.
"The coin design commemorates his reputable career in the many
layers, from the Australian cricket team captain to his renowned status
in the commentary box,” he said.
The collectible edition has a limited mintage of 95 929, reflecting
Benaud's career achievements including balls bowled, runs scored and
"The Royal Australian Mint’s concept for a coin depicting Richie’s
life was an idea enthusiastically endorsed by the Benaud family," said
his wife Daphne.
"It is a quality product and we are delighted he has been honoured in this way.”
A pioneer of entertaining, attacking cricket, the veteran of 63 Test
matches was the first player to score 2 000 Test runs and take 200 Test
After calling time on his playing career, he moved into commentary,
first with the BBC in England, where he was as well known as in
Australia for his dry wit and distinctive style, and then later
Australia's Channel Nine.