Mint marks Indigenous service
The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new coin commemorating Indigenous men and women who have served in the military.
The coin was unveiled by Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman Chern’ee Sutton and Royal Australian Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon, this week.
Mr Gordon noted the importance of recognising Indigenous Australians who have served in the military on a coin.
“With this coin, the Royal Australian Mint acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous Australia’s longstanding tradition of serving in the military,” he said.
“Having served in every conflict and commitment involving Australian defence contingents, since Federation, including but not limited to, Gallipoli, Kokoda and Vietnam, the strength of Indigenous Service has been a constant throughout Australian history.”
Inspired by the artwork of Chern’ee Sutton, the design of the coin features Indigenous and military symbols that represent the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have served in the Australian Defence Force.
During the unveiling, Ms Sutton thanked Indigenous personnel who have served and who continue to serve to defend Australia.
“I am honoured to have designed this significant artwork that recognises my brothers and sisters who have bravely fought in every conflict Australia has been involved in, it is a timely tribute to their sacrifices made for all of us,” she said.
Featuring a black hand-print in the centre, surrounded by three rows of dots in the colours of the Defence Forces Tri-Service Flag, the colourful $2 coin will be released into circulation in the coming weeks.