Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinGold and Silver Ounce 2016 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 second design by John M. Mercanti (issued in 2016 and 2017 only).

The Mint says about it:
"The Perth Mint is delighted to present this incredible bi-metal coin featuring one of John M. Mercanti’s original designs in pure gold and silver. Each coin is struck from 1/2oz of 99.99% pure gold and 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

The coin’s pure gold centrepiece depicts an impressive Wedge-tailed Eagle perching on a tree branch. For this design, The Perth Mint commissioned American sculptor and engraver, John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint. John Mercanti created the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin and has produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage750
Obverse
Australia / Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 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 · 50 DOLLARS ·.

The inner circle with the Queen's portrait is made of gold. The outer ring, which contains the inscriptions, is made of silver.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle - reverse photo

The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive wedge-tailed eagle perching on a tree branch.

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE. Around below, the date of issue 2016.

The inner circle with the depiction of the eagle is made of gold; around above right in it, the gold content: 1/2oz 9999 GOLD (one half of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold). The outer ring, which contains the inscriptions, is made of silver; around below left, it also has the silver content: 1/2oz 9999 SILVER (half ounce of 99.99% silver).

The P mint mark of the Perth Mint is below, in the central circle. The designer's initials JM (for John M. Mercanti) are on the base of the branch.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE 2016 1/2oz 9999 GOLD 1/2oz 9999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof.
Gold content: 0.500 AGW (Absolute Gold Weight in troy ounces), 99.99% gold.
Silver content: 0.500 troy ounces 99.99% silver.
Packaging: in prestigious wooden presentation case and illustrated shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 16A07AAA
Issue price: AU$ 1,699.00

See also

Coins in the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle series issued in 2016 include:
- 1 oz Platinum, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Gold and Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 5 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 2 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Gold, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 5 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016
- 1 oz Silver, Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016

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Gold and Silver Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeOther Bullion Formats
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage750
CurrentYes
MaterialGold and Silver
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness3.600 mm
Mass15.103 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-DGQL-ELMD
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