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 this impressive 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.
Wedge Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Coin Mintage Statistics (Mintages)
2017 Wedge-Tailed Eagle Coin …. 120,000 EST
2016 Wedge-Tailed Eagle Coin …. 109,366
2015 Wedge-Tailed Eagle Coin …. 81,381
2014 Wedge-Tailed Eagle Coin …. 50,000
About the inaugural 1st Issue in 2014:
Of the 50,000 bullion coins minted, 5000 were released in Australia, all through Ainslie Bullion Company & the remainder 45,000 were sent to one supplier in the US, many of the higher grade specimens were slabbed and graded through PGS.
About the Wedge-Tailed Eagle
The wedge-tailed eagle or bunjil (Aquila audax), sometimes known as the eaglehawk, is the largest bird of prey in Australia, and is also found in southern New Guinea, part of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. It has long, fairly broad wings, fully feathered legs, and an unmistakable wedge-shaped tail.
The wedge-tailed eagle is one of 12 species of large, predominantly dark-coloured booted eagles in the genus Aquila found worldwide. A large brown bird of prey, it has a wingspan up to 2.84 m (9 ft 4 in) and a length up to 1.06 m (3 ft 6 in)