Australia’s largest living bird of prey comes to life on this spectacular 5oz silver proof high relief coin designed by the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint, John M. Mercanti.
Named for its long, diamond shaped tail, wedge-tailed eagles build enormous nests made from sticks that can be more than two metres wide and four metres deep. They continue to use the same nest year after year, adding to it as necessary.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Silver
Each coin is meticulously struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality.
John M. Mercanti Design
The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive high relief and majestic wedge-tailed eagle perching on a tree branch. The design also includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, the 2017 year date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
For this design, The Perth Mint commissioned American sculptor and engraver, John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint. John Mercanti created the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin and has produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the US Mint.
The coin’s high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on its obverse.
The Perth Mint will issue no more than 2,000 of the 2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin.
Beautiful Presentation Packaging and Numbered Certificate
This coin is housed in a classic Perth Mint presentation case with a themed, customised shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.