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

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

The Australian two ounces gold piece (abbreviated as 2 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 third design by John M. Mercanti (the series features a new design every year).

The Mint says about it:
"A magnificent addition to any collection, our 2018 Wedge-tailed Eagle design is a delightful representation of a family of Australia’s unique birds with the detailed design showcased in superb high relief.

Portrayed on the coin in remarkable detail is a mother looking down at her chick with the father in full flight behind them as he hunts for food. His magnificent wingspan and the species’ distinctive diamond shaped tail is splendidly represented and enhanced by the coin’s high relief finish.

The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality. 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.

This 2018 edition is the fifth wedge-tailed eagle coin designed by John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint, who has also designed The Perth Mint’s wedge-tailed eagle coins since 2014. During his stellar career Mercanti created the reverse design of the sought-after American Silver Eagle bullion coin and produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage250
Obverse
Australia / Gold Two Ounces 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 · 200 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Two Ounces 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 2oz 9999 GOLD (two troy ounces 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 2oz 9999 GOLD
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, high relief, concave surfaces.
Packaging: in a timber display case within a themed shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18B47CAA
Issue price: AU$ 8,199.00

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

All (28) coins of type: Gold Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Gold Two Ounces 2014 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2016 Australian Koala 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2017 Dragon and Phoenix 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 GOLD 2017 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2017 Australian Koala 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2018 Australian Kangaroo 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2018 Dragon and Tiger 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2018 Australian Koala 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2019 Australian Kangaroo 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2019 Australian Koala 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Australian Kookaburra 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS · 1990 2020
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Australian Kangaroo 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Australian Koala 100 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Double Pixiu 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 2020 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Battle of Britain 80 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2020 End of WWII 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 2020 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Australian Kookaburra 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Australian Kangaroo - Nugget 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 2021 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Australian Kangaroo 200 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 200 DOLLARS ·
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Chinese Myths and Legends - Dragon 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 2021 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 200 DOLLARS
Gold Two Ounces 2021 Queen's 95th Birthday 150 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Au 200 DOLLARS
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Gold Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value200 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.600 mm
Thickness5.200 mm
Mass62.230 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-PDRK-ENXQ
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