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

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

Australia is one of the large issuers of bullion coins. Uniquely, there are two independent mints in the country 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. Their issues are normally in standard sizes (mostly based on the troy ounce), but sometimes they also issue coins in non-standard formats, such as this one

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:
"Crafted from two of the most ‘noble’ precious metals, gold and platinum, this innovative coin is a numismatic masterpiece portraying John M. Mercanti’s soaring Wedge-tailed Eagle design in an intriguing 1.5oz format.

The first of its kind from The Perth Mint, the coin combines a centrepiece containing 3/4oz of fine gold and an outer ring made from 3/4oz of pure platinum. Bonded together during the striking process, their fusion results in a brilliant bi-metal release of spell-binding beauty..

John M. Mercanti’s third design depicts a mother Wedge-tailed Eagle overlooking her chick. Leading up to their breeding season, Wedge-tailed Eagle couples take part in breathtaking aerobatic displays above their territory. Pairs share responsibility for building a nest for their offspring."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage150
Obverse
Australia / Gold and Platinum 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 · 150 DOLLARS ·.

The inner circle is made of gold. The outer ring, surrounding the inner circle with a toothed border, is made of platinum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold and Platinum 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 in the inner circle, the gold content 3/4oz 9999 GOLD (three quarters of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold).

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE. Around below, the date of issue 2018 followed by the platinum content: 3/4oz 9995 PLATINUM (three quarters of an ounce of 99.95% platinum).

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

The inner circle is made of gold. The outer ring, surrounding the inner circle with a toothed border, is made of platinum.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Gold content: 0.75 AGW (Absolute Gold Weight in troy ounces), 99.99% gold.
Platinum content: 0.75 troy ounces 99.95% platinum.
Packaging: in prestigious wooden presentation case and illustrated shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18B47FAA
Issue price: AU$ 4,249.00

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 and Platinum 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOther Bullion Formats
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value150 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage150
CurrentYes
MaterialGold and Platinum
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size36.500 mm
Thickness3.500 mm
Mass46.670 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-BRRG-ONXQ
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