The Royal Australian Mint has recently launched a new coin, commemorating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served in the military.
Inspired by the artwork of Chern’ee Sutton, the Kalkadoon artist unveiled the coin alongside Royal Australian Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon in Canberra on Tuesday.
The $2 coin features a black handprint in the centre, surrounded by three rows of dots in the colours of the Defence Forces Tri-Service Flag and will be released into circulation in coming weeks.
Speaking at the launch, 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.”
Mint CEO, Leigh Gordon said, “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.”
A limited-edition uncirculated version of the coin will be available to purchase from the Royal Australian Mint in April.