Gold and Platinum 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold and Platinum 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold and Platinum 2020 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 fifth design by John M. Mercanti (the series features a new design every year).

The Mint says about it:
"This stunning bi-metal coin comprises 3/4oz of pure gold and 3/4oz of pure platinum.

The Wedge-tailed Eagle series portrays intimate studies of Australia’s largest bird of prey. Each carefully considered design from the former Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, John M. Mercanti, reveals more about the life and habits of this powerful, majestic bird that can be seen across the continent in coastal, desert and alpine habitats. Swooping Eagle Design The coin’s design presents a close encounter with a magnificent wedge-tailed eagle as it swoops on outstretched wings with talons ready to snatch its prey."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage150
Obverse
Australia / Gold and Platinum 2020 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 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts a close-up representation of a swooping wedge-tailed eagle with its talons outstretched and ready to strike.

Around above, the date of issue2020. Around below, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE.

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is above and to the right of the eagle. The designer's initials JM (for John M. Mercanti) are on the eagle's foot.

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

Reverse Inscription 2020 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 deluxe timber presentation case and gold foiled box shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 20F91AAA
Issue price: AU$ 4,845.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2020 include:
- 1.5 oz Gold and Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 1 kg Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 10 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 2 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2020

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Gold and Platinum 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOther Bullion Formats
Issued2020
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
Thickness3.520 mm
Mass46.670 g
OCC IDRWKZ-EJNC-WJVR-EXGL
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