A proof set which is still in its original packaging. The box cover is an aboriginal painting called, “Yathalamarra Waterhole”.
The painting was done by the reknown aboriginal artist David Malangi of the Manharrngu people, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. He reached national acclaim when his design for the One Dollar paper banknote was accepted. Australian Aboriginals believe that in another time, the ‘dreamtime’, ancestral spirits wandered the earth in both animal and human forms. On their travels they created the features of the land: trees, waterholes, rivers and rock formations. They also controlled the movements of the sun and moon, rain clouds, stars and tides. The coins within this set celebrate Australia’s natural heritage and pay tribute to our oldest natural inhabitants. The feather tail glider, the frill necked lizard, the spiny ant eater, the lyre bird, the platypus, the kangaroo and the emu are joined by Australia’s earliest human inhabitant the aborigine.
This collection of eight proof coins displays some of Australia’s most original inhabitants,
1c the Feather Tail Glider,
2c the Filled Neck Lizard,
5c the Spiny Ant Eater,
10c the Lyre Bird,
20c the Platypus,
50c the Kangaroo and Emu on the Coat of Arms
$1 the Kangaroo,
$2 an aboriginal elder. It is the very first release with the new $2 coin.
All seven proof coins are set and housed in a clear sealed plastic container. The set is encased in a Royal Australian Mint protective foam cover.
“Dreaming” is also often used to refer to an individual’s or group’s set of beliefs or spirituality. For instance, an indigenous Australian might say that he or she has Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to their “country”. Many Indigenous Australians also refer to the Creation time as “The Dreaming”. The Dreamtime laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people. Dreaming stories vary throughout Australia, with variations on the same theme. For example, the story of how the birds got their colours is different in New South Wales and in Western Australia. Stories cover many themes and topics, as there are stories about creation of sacred places, land, people, animals and plants, law and custom. It is a complex network of knowledge, faith, and practices that derive from stories of creation. It pervades and informs all spiritual and physical aspects of an indigenous Australian’s life. They believe that every person essentially exists eternally in the Dreaming. This eternal part existed before the life of the individual begins, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends. Both before and after life, it is believed that this spirit-child exists in the Dreaming and is only initiated into life by being born through a mother. The spirit of the child is culturally understood to enter the developing fetus during the fifth month of pregnancy. When the mother felt the child move in the womb for the first time, it was thought that this was the work of the spirit of the land in which the mother then stood. Upon birth, the child is considered to be a special custodian of that part of his country and is taught the stories and songlines of that place. As Wolf states: “A black ‘fella’ may regard his totem or the place from which his spirit came as his Dreaming. He may also regard tribal law as his Dreaming.
*All historical information taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.