The Mungo footprints, in the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage
Area, are the oldest preserved footprints ever found in Australia and
the largest set of ice age footprints in the world. The Royal Australian
Mint celebrates these precious glimpses into our past with this striking
design available as both a 2021 $1 Fine Silver Proof Coin and
2021 20c Uncirculated Coin.
Twenty thousand years ago a family group walked across the soft
claypan of an ancient drying lake bed. A few days later a number
of hunters ran across the area chasing game. Finally, and most
remarkably, an individual ‘hopped’ across the claypan leaving a single
line of right footprints. These three journeys or stories have been
captured forever in the petrified clay of the Willandra Lakes Region World
Heritage Area, and are known as the Mungo footprints.
The footprints were discover in 2003 when the shifting sand dunes
revealed the petrified indentations to archaeologists undertaking a survey
of the area. Further digging and research revealed one of the most
intriguing and intact insights into how people lived, travelled, hunted
and survived in the Pleistocene era during the last ice age. In 2006 the
tracks were covered again by sand to protect them from the elements.
Only a handful of people know the exact location of these wondrous
footprints in time.
- Coin’s reverse features a detailed representation of a Mungo footprint
and a stylised map of Australia in the cracked clay.
- Available in both uncirculated and fine silver proof finish
- Coin’s obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Jody Clark
- Australian legal tender
- Denomination - $1 AUD
- Metal Content - Ag
- Mass - 1/2oz
- Diameter - 28.52mm
- Finish - Proof
- Maximum Mintage - 5,000
- Packaging - Coin in Presentation Box