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Great Mint Swindle, The

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The story of the Mickelbergs and their 23 year fight to clear their name

It’s the beginning of the 1980s boom in Western Australia. Larrikin brothers Ray, Brian and Peter Mickelberg spend their days abalone fishing, flying planes, looking for adventure and developing new ways of making money. One of their most bizarre ventures is selling a huge fake gold nugget - “The Yellow Rose of Texas” - to tycoon Alan Bond.

Then on 15 April 1982 there is a heist at the Royal Perth Mint. False cheques are presented and over 65kg of gold is stolen. The gold is never seen again. The Mint discovers the crime and all hell breaks lose. There is intense pressure from very high up to clean up this embarrassing mess and do it fast.

Detective Donald Lesley Hancock, a tough old school cop, wants a quick arrest. Circumstantial evidence – and fabricated confessions – all point to the Mickelberg brothers, and they are found guilty. The sentences are harsher than rapists and murderers: Brian; 12 years. Peter; 16 years. Ray; 20 years.

Don Hancock, drunk and ecstatic, celebrates his crowning achievement. Putting away the Mickelbergs has made his career. One burning question remains however... where is the gold?





STARRING: SHANE BOURNE (CITY HOMICIDE,MDA, TRICKY BUSINESS), GRANT BOWLER (TRUE BLOOD, UGLY BETTY, LOST, CANAL ROAD), TODD LASANCE (HOME & AWAY, CLOUDSTREET,CROWNIES), JOSH QUANG TART (HOME & AWAY,HEADLAND, MCLEOD’S DAUGHTERS), JOHN BACHELOR (SEA PATROL)









Programme Information

  • Genre: Drama

  • Subgenre: Series

  • Producers: Cordell Jigsaw & Zinc Finger Productions

  • Broadcaster: Nine Network Australia

  • Duration: 1 x 90'

  • Tags: Heist Australia Gold Stolen Money

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