2019 50c International Year Of Indigenous Languages Silver Proof Coin
Product Code: 19S1687
- Limited mintage of 5,000 coins
- Produced in collaboration between the Royal Australian Mint and AIATSIS
- Design is inspired by Australia's many and varied existing Indigenous languages
- The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. In Australia, as in the world, Indigenous languages are under threat. From over 250 individual language groups in Australia in 1788, almost 130 are now extinct and many of those that remain are identified as threatened. Languages are crucial to the identity of Indigenous Australians as well as being an important part of Australia's history and culture.
In order to protect, preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages, a number of important resources have been developed in Australia. These include the Australian Indigenous Languages Collection, the Australian Indigenous Languages database, and the map of Aboriginal Australia developed in 1994 that demonstrates the number and diversity of Australian Indigenous languages.
This coin samples the diversity of existing Indigenous languages in Australia, recognising the importance of protecting these languages for all Australians.