The Royal Australian Mint’s 2021 Proof Six-Coin Set commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Australian Aboriginal Flag – a touchstone of our modern history, an official Flag of Australia and a symbol of pride and unity for our First Nations People. The set includes a collector version of the commemorative coloured two dollar coin released into circulation to commemorate the anniversary.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag was first flown on 12 July 1971 at a land rights march in Adelaide’s Victoria Square, and appeared again the following year at the beginnings of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. The flag was defiantly carried by Cathy Freeman when she won gold at the 1994 Commonwealth Games, and on 28 May 2000 it flow atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge as more than 250,000 people marched in solidarity beneath it. In 1995 the fag was proclaimed an official Flag of Australia and has proudly flown outside of official buildings across the nation ever since.
Harold Thomas’ iconic design has become an emotive symbol of our contemporary history for both Aboriginal Australians and the wider community.