2015 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

2015 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin from the Perth Mint

2015 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to offer investors a new bullion coin featuring this majestic bird which is known to soar to dizzying heights.

The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive Wedge-tailed Eagle in mid-flight as it prepares to land on a tree branch. The design also includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, the 2015 year-date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Each bullion coin is presented in an acrylic capsule, from an unlimited mintage.

2015 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

2015 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

 

One of our favourite silver bullion coins of 2014, indeed of modern times, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin designed by John Mercanti for the Perth Mint had its debut last year. First released as high-relief silver and gold coins with mintages of 10,000 and 1,000 respectively back in January 2014, they followed up with a standard silver proof and a fantastic five-ounce high relief coin last May. This year will almost certainly see new releases of most, or all of those.

The bullion coin, while not as impressive as the completely sublime High-Relief versions, remains a beautiful piece, and if last years mintage limit is repeated, a relatively rare one by bullion standards.

COIN Specifications

Metal Content (Troy oz) 1.000
Fineness (% purity) 99.90
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 1.00
Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.600
Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.000

 

About the Wedge-Tailed Eagle

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-tailed Eagle has a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, and displays a long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs.

Last year, 10% of the 50,000 mintage was sold by Australian dealer Ainslie Bullion but we’re currently unsure when or if they will be the dealer selling them this year. We understand that any Australian issued coin has to have 10% of its mintage sold in Australia, thus explaining why GovMint don’t get all the coins to themselves. This would indicate that the same would be the case this year, but GovMint do not list a mintage for the 2015 release, so how many an Australian dealer would get is unclear at present. We’ll try to find out.

Wedge Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver 999 2013 Australia Bullion Coin

wedge-tailed-eagle-1oz-silver-bullion-coin-2014-perth-mint-australiaAustralia’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.

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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

The Perth Mint is Australia’s leading precious metal refiner. Backed by the Western Australian Government, The Perth Mint has produced the official bullion coin program since 1987.

The Perth Mint also produces a large range of high quality gold and silver bars. All Perth Mint gold products are refined to 99.99% purity and all silver