New Platinum Coin from Perth Mint Features Wedge-Tailed Eagle

06 Jun 2019  Thu

The Perth Mint released a 1oz 99.95% pure platinum proof coin dedicated to wedge-tailed eagles. Designed by the famous sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti, the reverse side of the coin depicts a flying wedge-tailed eagle in flight with outstretched wings and sunrays in the background. Other inscriptions on the reverse include the texts AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, year date ā€œ2019ā€ year-date, weight and fineness, and ā€˜Pā€™ mintmark of Perth Mint. Mercanti has also created three other wedge-tailed eagle designs for the Perth Mint. He was the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint who is credited for the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin. He has developed the most number of coin and medal designs for US Mint.

The obverse side depicts an effigy of Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark and denomination 100 Dollars (AUD). The 31.119 grams .9995 Platinum Coin issued as legal tender, has a mintage limit of 250 pieces, a diameter of 32.60 mm and thickness of 2.45 mm. It comes in a wooden display case inside a specially designed shipper along with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The wedge-tailed eagle is one of the largest eagles in the world which is commonly found in Australia, Tasmania, and southern New Guinea. It has a wingspan of up to 2.7 meters and can be identified by its long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs.

Image Courtesy: The Perth Mint

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