Perth Mint Coin Profiles - Australia 2019 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1.5oz Bi-Metal Proof Coin

An extremely limited release with a history of selling out at The Perth Mint, this prestigious 1.5oz bi-metal coin is crafted from equal parts gold and platinum. The innovative coin depicts a soaring eagle in the latest addition to John M. Mercanti’s celebrated Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle coin series.

Named for its long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania, and southern Papua New Guinea, the bird has an impressive wingspan of up to 2.7 meters.

Struck in 3/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 3/4oz of 99.95% platinum, the coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

The Perth Mint will issue no more than 150 of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019 1.5oz Bi-Metal Proof Coin.

Design

The coin’s pure gold centerpiece depicts a magnificent wedge-tailed eagle in flight with wings fully extended and stylized rays of sunlight in the background. The centerpiece also includes the weight and fineness. The platinum border includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, the 2019 year-date, the weight and fineness, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

Presentation

This coin is housed in a prestigious wooden display case within a themed, customised shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Perth Mint Designer(s):

Designer and engraver Jody Clark joined the Royal Mint UK in 2012. His portrait of Queen Elizabeth II became the fifth official portrait in 2015 (View Designer’s Profile).

This is the fourth wedge-tailed eagle design for The Perth Mint by renowned sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Mercanti also 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 U.S. Mint.

Coin Specifications:

Country:  Australia
Year Of Issue:  2019
Denomination:  150 Dollars (AUD)
Mint Mark:  P
Mintage:  150
Alloy:  .9999 Gold, .9995 Platinum
Weight:  46.67 g
Diameter:  36.50 mm
Thickness:  3.50 mm
OBV Designer Jody Clark
REV Designer John Mercanti
Quality: Proof

 

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