Indigenous Artist reimagines $2 coin design
[supplied by Royal Aust Mint]
Acclaimed Indigenous artist, David Hardy has reimagined the design of the standard $2 coin to feature an adorable Indigenous Baby.
Mr Hardy, who spent over eight years as an animator at Walt Disney Studios and works as an author and illustrator for children’s picture books, said it was an honour to design a coin for the Royal Australian Mint.
“I had never designed a coin before, and the initial design process was pretty straight forward. Taking inspiration from the existing $2 coin design, I wanted to create a baby version with cute characteristics. This delightful new coin is included in the Royal Australia Mint’s 2022 Six-Coin Baby Year Sets and features an Aboriginal Baby looking up a Southern Cross mobile.
“I illustrated a rough concept design of an aboriginal baby staring up at stars on a musical baby mobile, in a similar layout to the original coin which shows an Aboriginal Elder looking up at the stars of the Southern Cross.
“This initial concept coin design was approved by the Royal Australian Mint. Once the coin design was finalised, I then supplied the illustration to the Mint so the coin designers could adjust it for the small $2 coin size. I also illustrated the Aboriginal Baby in a number of other poses which were then used on the coin packaging.”
In the Six Coin Sets, the reimagined Indigenous Baby coin is joined by the other five circulating coins, with the 10c and 50c coins redesigned as toys for the baby. The shy lyrebird on the 10c is now a winky wonky marionette puppet, while the iconic coat of arms on the 50c coin has been redesigned as a plush emu and roo having a celebration.
CEO of the Royal Australian Mint Leigh Gordon said “These coins represent a beautiful way to mark the birth of a child by embracing the tradition of giving coins to wish a child a prosperous future.”
The 2022 Six Coin Uncirculated Baby Year Set and 2022 Six Coin Proof Baby Year Set are both available in an unlimited mintage, retailing for $45.00 and $130.00 respectively. The sets can be purchased from the Mint’s eShop or Contact Centre (1300 652 020).
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