Australia’s largest bird of prey, the impressive Wedge-Tailed Eagle, is captured flying onto these stunning 99.9% pure silver 1oz coins minted by Perth Mint. Commissioned by American sculptor and engraver, John M Mercanti, the twelfth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, each coin’s reverse depicts an impressive Wedge-Tailed Eagle in mid-flight as it prepares to land on a tree branch together with the year-date, weight, purity and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. Issued as Australian legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
Only 5000 of these coins have been released in Australia, all through Ainslie Bullion. 45,000 were also sent to one supplier in the US, taking the total mintage to only 50,000 bullion coins.
Perth Mint coins come encased in a hard clear plastic case to help keep coins in pristine condition. Ainslie Bullion recommends leaving these cases un-tampered for the best preservation of value.
This latest variant is the oft-rumoured bullion version. Reportedly having a smaller mintage than expected at a relatively tight 50,000, the coin is destined to be a huge hit and a quick sell-out.
Unfortunately the coin is another in a sadly growing trend of bullion releases exclusively tied to one or two dealers. In this case the worldwide rights to distribute outside of Australia are held by Govmint in the United States, and within Australia by Ainslie Bullion. We’re really hoping this trend tails off quickly as it stifles competition in pricing and makes purchasing more difficult IE. shipping restrictions and changes