Gold Half Gram 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Half Gram 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Australian gold half gram coin is a mini-coin format occasionally used to complement issues in larger sizes. 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 have long-running bullion series of coins with different themes. As part of these, they sometimes issue a mini-version of the theme's annual design.

This mini-coin is part of the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series by the Perth Mint, and the first design by John M. Mercanti (issued in 2014 and 2015 only).

The Mint says about it:
"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 New Guinea, the Wedge-tailed Eagle has a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, and displays a long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs.

This is the first time the Wedge-tailed Eagle design has been released at this size. Extremely affordable, this cute coin will make a beautiful gift or collectable.

For this design, The Perth Mint commissioned American sculptor and engraver, John M. Mercanti, the 12th chief engraver of the U.S. 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 U.S. Mint."

Due to its size, the Mini Eagle has a simplified design compared to the rest of the series - there is no inscription saying " Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle" on the reverse, the branch on which the eagle is going to land is not shown, and the date is transferred to the obverse.

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage5,244
Obverse
Australia / Gold Half Gram 2015 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, the date of issue and the value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2015 · 2 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2015 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Half Gram 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive Wedge-tailed Eagle in mid-flight as it prepares to land .

Around below, the precious metal content: 0.5 GRAM 9999 GOLD.

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is to the left of the eagle.

Reverse Inscription 0.5 GRAM 9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in a protective acrylic capsule presented in a colourful wallet-sized card.
Perth Mint Item ID: 15X57AAD
Issue price: AU$ 59.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2015 include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 0.5 g Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015
- 1 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2015

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Gold Half Gram 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2015
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Penny)
Total Mintage5,244
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.600 mm
Thickness0.700 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-WGKD-OXGL
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