Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold and Platinum 2019 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 fourth 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 second 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 - the perfect canvas on which to showcase American coin designer extraordinaire John M. Mercanti’s fourth design for The Perth Mint.

The coin’s pure gold centrepiece depicts a magnificent wedge-tailed eagle in flight with wings fully extended and stylised rays of sunlight in the background."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage150
Obverse
Australia / Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·.

The inner circle, surrounded by a toothed border, is made of gold. The outer ring, which contains the inscriptions, is made of platinum.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 150 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts a wedge-tailed eagle in flight, with wings fully extended. In the background, stylised rays of sunlight.

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE. Around below, the date of issue 2019.

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 on the eagle's tail.

The inner circle, surrounded by a toothed border, is made of gold; around above right in it, the gold content: 3/4oz 9999 GOLD (three quarters of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold). The outer ring, which contains the inscriptions, is made of platinum; around below left, it also has the platinum content: 3/4oz 9995 PLATINUM (three quarters of an ounce of 99.95% platinum).

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE 2019 3/4oz 9999 GOLD 3/4oz 9995 PLATINUM
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: 19E65AAA
Issue price: AU$ 4,679.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2019 include:
- 1.5 oz Gold and Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 1 kg Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 10 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 2 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2019

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Gold and Platinum 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOther Bullion Formats
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
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 IDRNAZ-EGWC-NYAP-EXJL
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