Introduced by the Perth Mint in 2015, the Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle coin is yet another silver collection from the Australian mint facility that depicts a wildlife species from the continent which is well known. Designed by John Mercanti, a former US Mint Chief Engraver, the Wedge Tail Eagle is growing in popularity. The 2017 1 oz Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle Coin is currently available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of original plastic capsules!
- Third year of availability for the Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by Australia.
- An effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the obverse side of the coin.
- The Wedge Tail Eagle is shown sitting on a tree branch on the reverse side of the coins.
The wedge tail eagle, or wedged-tail eagle, is the largest predatory bird on the Australian continent. Though prominent in Australia, the species is not endemic to the continent and can be found in southern New Guinea, portions of Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia as well. The bird is notable for its long, broad wings and the unmistakable wedge shape to its tail which gives it the name.
The Perth Mint and John Mercanti entered into a working relationship in 2015 to create designs for the new Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle coin. The coins debuted in 2015 and for the first two years, the same design was used on the reverse of the coins. Starting in 2017, the Silver Wedge Tail Coins received a refresh on the reverse design with each new release.
John Mercanti is a former illustrator and engraver-sculptor for the United States Mint. His career with the Mint began in 1974 at the Philadelphia Mint and culminated his promotion to the position of Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. He was the 12th individual to hold the post and served from 2006 until his retirement in 2010.
On the reverse of the 2017 1 oz Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle Coin is the image of a massive wedge tail eagle sitting on the top of a broken tree branch. The bird has its wings resting at its sides as it gazes out at its surroundings.
The obverse of the 1 oz Silver Australian Wedge Tail Eagle coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is shown here in a fourth-generation design which was originally created for the Royal Mint of England in 1998 by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.
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