Banjo bounty: John's $10 win tantamount to a golden ticket

A LOT of people would probably have a $10 note in their wallets right now.

But how many can claim to have a golden version of the famed Banjo Paterson?

Reminiscent of Charlie Bucket’s golden ticket to the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory, John Thompson is now the proud owner of a limited edition gold foil $10 note commemorating the 150th anniversary of Banjo Paterson’s birth, a man who’s face appears on the note.

One of 250 with the gold foil, Mr Thompson won the note and commemorative coin in a Rotary Club of Orange raffle run at the festival in February.

“Not thinking, I went and bought a ticket from Nelson (Saville) and thought I wasn’t giving anything more than a contribution,” he laughed.

“I was stoked. It’s the first time I’ve ever won anything.”

The gold foil is an exact replica of a $10 note and the partnering coin is silver with splashes of colour around Banjo Paterson and his horse, both supplied by the Perth Mint.

Celebrating Paterson’s birth on February 17, 1864, the “special commemorative coin set for that anniversary” will take pride of place at Mr Thompson’s work place, Crowe-Horwarth Accounting.

“I certainly won’t be spending it at the pub,” he smiled.

“The plan is to leave it in the office somewhere, it deserves to be on display and I thought it’d be a good place to leave it at work for us all to enjoy. That’s the plan.”

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