Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Perth Mint launches Aboriginal coin for National Reconciliation Week

    24/05/2022 9:30 AM
    • Black Swan Maali 2022 silver antiqued coloured coin launches today
    • Renowned Aboriginal artist Kevin Bynder designs coin exclusively for The Perth Mint
    • Maali coin launches in time for National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3)

    Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston today launched The Perth Mint's Black Swan Maali 2022 two ounce silver antiqued coloured coin featuring Aboriginal artwork.


    Struck by the iconic Perth Mint, the coin features a black swan, maali in Nyoongar, flying towards the Swan River as the sun shines in the background, an iconic scene in Western Australia. 


    The black swan, which is culturally significant to Nyoongar people, is WA's national bird and appears on the State flag.


    Designed by Whadjuk-Yuet-Ballardong artist Kevin Bynder, the silver coin features red and brown for the landscape and blue, green and other hues for the water and currents.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The Black Swan Maali silver coin demonstrates The Perth Mint's commitment to increasing its understanding and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories.


    "Featuring Aboriginal artwork on a coin that will be viewed by an international audience is a fitting release by The Perth Mint for National Reconciliation Week.


    "Kevin Bynder's design will highlight to local and international audiences the richness of Aboriginal culture and the beauty of Western Australia."


     Comments attributed to artist Kevin Bynder:


    "You're not just educating people here, you're educating people everywhere, that don't know much about the Indigenous culture.


    "My way of being able to educate people is through my artwork - whether it's a coin, a mural, a piece of artwork, or a Reconciliation Action Plan design.


    "It's important because we've been here for so long, and we're the oldest living culture in the world."


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