Gold Kilo 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Kilo 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Kilo 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Australian one kilo gold piece (abbreviated as 1 kg 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 third design by John M. Mercanti (the series features a new design every year).

The Mint says about it:
"Containing 1 kilo of fine gold, this exceptional release is struck to our renowned proof standard combining a mirror-like polished background and delicately frosted relief. With an extremely limited mintage of just 15, the coin’s exclusivity and prestige is assured forever.

A master of avian design, John M. Mercanti’s third design for the magnificent Wedge-tailed Eagle series shows a mother bird looking tenderly at her chick while a protective male hovers above with its magnificent wings fully extended."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage15
Obverse
Australia / Gold Kilo 2018 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 · 3000 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 3000 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Kilo 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse portrays a mother Wedge-tailed Eagle in the nest, tenderly looking down on her chick. A protective male bird is portrayed hovering above them with its magnificent wings fully extended.

Around above left, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE. Around below, the date of issue and the precious metal content: 2018 1 KILO 9999 GOLD (one kilogram of 99.99% gold).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is in the rim on the right. The designer's initials JM (for John M. Mercanti) are in the ground below the eagle's feet.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE 2018 2018 1 KILO 9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in a prestigious timber display case within a themed shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18B47EAA
Issue price: AU$ 92,845.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2018 include:
- 1.5 oz Gold and Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1 kg Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1/10 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 10 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 2 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018
- 1 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2018

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Gold Kilo 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Kilo (1 kg)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value3000 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage15
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size75.600 mm
Thickness16.170 mm
Mass1,000.100 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-NYPG-EXJL
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