New coin honours Indigenous military personnel

The Royal Australian Mint has launched Australia’s newest circulating coin commemorating the Indigenous men and women who have served in the military.

31 March 2021

Launched in Canberra on 30 March, the coin was unveiled by Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman Chern’ee Sutton and Royal Australian Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon.

Speaking at the launch, Leigh Gordon noted the importance of recognising Indigenous Australians who have served in the military.

‘With this coin, the Royal Australian Mint acknowledges and celebrates Indigenous Australia’s longstanding tradition of serving in the military.

‘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 Ms Sutton, the design of the coin is rich with 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.’

Featuring a black hand-print in the centre, surrounded by three rows of dots in the colours of the Defence Forces Tri-Service Flag, this colourful $2 coin will be released into circulation in the coming weeks.

A limited edition uncirculated version is available to buy from the Mint’s eShop, or phone 1300 652 020 from 8.30am, 1 April 2021.

Coin showing Indigenous pattern