'Voice of cricket' Richie Benaud honoured on new 50-cent coin

Updated: Nov 26, 2016, 14:58 IST | AFP

The "voice of cricket" Richie Benaud has been honoured with his face on a 50-cent coin in Australia, with a limited mintage inspired by statistics from his storied career

A 50-cent coin with the face of Richie Benaud. Pic/AFP
A 50-cent coin with the face of Richie Benaud. Pic/AFP

Sydney: The "voice of cricket" Richie Benaud has been honoured with his face on a 50-cent 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.

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