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

Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinPlatinum Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Australian one ounce platinum piece (abbreviated as 1 oz and designated with Pt for "Platinum") 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 master of avian design, John M. Mercanti takes a touching look at the life-cycle of Australia’s largest bird of prey for his third design in this majestic series.

The exceptional coin portrays a mother Wedge-tailed Eagle tenderly looking down on her chick. A protective male bird is portrayed hovering above them with its magnificent wings fully extended."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage250
Obverse
Australia / Platinum Ounce 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 · 100 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Platinum Ounce 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 1oz 9995 PLATINUM (one troy ounce of 99.95% platinum).

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 1oz 9995 PLATINUM
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Notes

Finish: proof.
Packaging: in a prestigious wooden display case within a themed shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18B48AAA
Issue price: AU$ 2,799.00

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 (13) coins of type: Platinum Ounce (1 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Platinum Ounce 2015 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2016 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 350 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2020 Year of the Mouse 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 250 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Australian Kangaroo unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
Platinum Ounce 2021 Year of the Ox 188 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9999 Au 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2021 Mythical Creatures - Unicorn 125 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1oz 9995 Pt 2021 100 DOLLARS
Platinum Ounce 2021 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 350 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 100 DOLLARS ·
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Platinum Ounce 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypePlatinum Ounce (1 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value100 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage250
CurrentYes
Material0.9995 Platinum
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size32.600 mm
Thickness2.450 mm
Mass31.119 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-ARRG-OWQJ
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