Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

The Australian two ounces silver piece (abbreviated as 2 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative 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:
"Renowned coin sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti’s brilliant third Wedge-tailed Eagle design adorns our first ever proof quality piedfort. Meaning ‘heavy weight’, piedforts were originally struck in France during the 12th century for presentation purposes. At twice the weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter, the historic piedfort is a fittingly impressive canvas for John’s outstanding artistry.

The 40.6 mm coin is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver to our renowned proof standard combining a mirror-like polished background with delicately frosted relief.

The coin’s reverse features an intimate look at the life-cycle of Australia’s largest bird of prey with a touching family scene comprising a mother and father tending and protecting their new hatchling."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage3,000
Obverse
Australia / Silver Two Ounces 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 · 2 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Silver Two Ounces 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 2oz 9999 SILVER (two troy ounces of 99.99% silver).

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 2oz 9999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: proof, frosted, piedfort.
Packaging: in a textured grey display case and beautifully embossed shipper. There is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18C21AAA
Issue price: AU$ 230.00

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 (30) coins of type: Silver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Silver Two Ounces 2011 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2 OZ 999 SILVER 2011 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2017 Australian Koala 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2 oz 9999 Ag 2017 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Koala unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2 oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 3,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Kookaburra 2,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Dragon and Tiger 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Mother and Baby Koala 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2018 Two Dragons 8,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2018 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Mother and Baby Crocodile 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2019 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Koi Fish 3,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2019 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2019 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Australian Kookaburra 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS · 1990 2020
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse, Antique 1,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse, Coloured 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Year of the Mouse unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Surfboard 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Mother and Baby Kookaburra 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Double Pixiu 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Dragon and Phoenix 3,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 End of WWII 1,945 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2020 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 1,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2020 Australian Brumby 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox - Antique 1,888 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Year of the Ox - ANDA Special 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Mother and Baby Platypus 75,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Australian Brumby 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 2 DOLLARS ·
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Chinese Myths and Legends - Dragon 1,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS
Silver Two Ounces 2021 Double Pixiu 888 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2oz 9999 Ag 2021 2 DOLLARS
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Silver Two Ounces 2018 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Ounces (2 oz)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage3,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerJohn M. Mercanti
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size40.600 mm
Thickness6.420 mm
Mass62.213 g
OCC IDDKLM-EMKC-YPVP-ENZB
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