Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Australian five ounces gold piece (abbreviated as 5 oz and designated with Au for "gold") is a bullion coin format. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.

Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and to introduce new designs and themes often, in order to raise the numismatic value of the coins over the value of previous metal used.

This coin is part of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series by the Perth Mint, and the second design by John M. Mercanti (issued in 2016 and 2017 only).

The Mint says about it:
"One of Australia’s most incredible birds is captured on this spectacular 5oz gold high relief coin featuring an original design by American sculptor and engraver, John M. Mercanti. 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."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage199
Obverse
Australia / Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive wedge-tailed eagle perching on a tree branch.

Around above right, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE. Around below left, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2016 5oz 9999 GOLD (five troy ounces of 99.99% gold).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is in the rim below. The designer's initials JM (for John M. Mercanti) are on the branch next to the eagle's foot.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE 2016 5oz 9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, high relief, concave surfaces.
Packaging: in a prestigious wooden display case within a themed shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 16Y45CAA
Issue price: AU$ 14,449.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2016 include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Gold and Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016

All (20) coins of type: Gold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Five Ounces 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 99 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Koala 99 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 199 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Australian Koala 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Australian Koala 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Australian Koala 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Year of the Rat 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Australian Kookaburra 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS · 1990 2020
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Australian Kangaroo 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Australian Koala 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Australian Kookaburra 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 75 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 5oz 9999 Au 2021 500 DOLLARS
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Australian Koala 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Mythical Creatures - Unicorn 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 5oz 9999 Au 2021 500 DOLLARS
Gold Five Ounces 2021 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 50 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 500 DOLLARS ·
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Gold Five Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Five Ounces (5 oz)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value500 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage199
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.500 mm
Thickness9.000 mm
Mass155.533 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-PBLB-OPQM
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