Interesting Fact #1

Published on 17 June 2019


How cool is this?

The Royal Australian Mint has just released a new fifty cent piece to celebrate the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The coin features 14 Indigenous words for 'money' or 'coin' that represent a small selection of the 120 remaining Australian Indigenous languages spoken and practiced today.

Two of the words, ‘Walang’ and ‘Dhinggarr’, featured on the coin are part of the local Gathang language.

Local Gathang Extraordinaire Jay Davis reliably informs us that both words can be used as money Walang means head as in the head on a coin and Dhinggarr means grey as in the hair of the head on the coin.