In 2014, John Mercanti and the Perth Mint made numismatic history with the introduction of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle Series. It was the very first time that a former Chief Engraver of the United States Mint partnered with a foreign mint to create a legal-tender coin. Since then, Mercanti’s skill in design and engraving combined with the Perth Mint’s exceptional production quality has given flight to what has since become a beloved series the world over.
The Mercanti – Perth Mint partnership continues in 2019 with the release of a new one-year-only design that is sure to have particular appeal to collectors. For this year’s Wedge-Tailed Eagle design, Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint, has given us a portrait of an eagle in flight descending against a backdrop of sun rays, its talons extended as if closing in on its prey. Struck in fantastic high relief this gorgeous coin measures 50.6 mm in diameter and features a magnificent design that celebrates Australia’s largest bird of prey – a design that could have originated only through the brilliant talents of John Mercanti.
Each coin begins as a hand-selected five-ounce planchet of highly pure 99.99% fine silver. Then, the artisans at the Perth Mint strike each coin as only they can. When you turn this coin over in your hand and marvel at its beauty, you’ll understand why the Perth Mint’s reputation for innovation and producing coins of superior quality is unsurpassed.
Contains 5 oz of .9999 pure Silver.
Incredibly deep strike with brilliant mirrored proof background.
Reverse: Features a beautiful portrait of an eagle in flight descending against a backdrop of sun rays, its talons extended as if closing in on its prey.
Obverse: Displays the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
Sovereign coin backed by the Australian government.
Metal Content: 5 Troy Ounce
Issuer: Perth Mint
Diameter: 50.6 mm
Mint Capsule, Perth Mint Branded Presentation Case, Certificate of Authenticity