John Mercanti’s career as a coin designer and engraver is a remarkable one.
His artistic talents were recognised in 1974 by the US Mint, where he spent 36 years, the last four in the revered position of Chief Engraver.
John was responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the Mint, where the process was traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team.
Among his achievements are many notable American coins and medals, including the American Eagle, a landmark release in that nation’s history.
Since his ‘retirement’, John has been involved in many projects, including the design of the first Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, originally struck by The Perth Mint in 2014.
We’re delighted to release these 2017-dated versions showcasing John’s second interpretation of Australia’s largest bird of prey standing on a dead tree branch.
Made from pure gold and pure silver in flawless proof quality, the beautiful coins are struck in high relief, a minting process which increases the design’s prominence from the surrounding table. Displaying the intricate detail of the majestic bird’s plumage with superb clarity, the stunning coins do full justice to John’s unforgettable portrayal.
John once described his involvement in the Wedge-tailed Eagle program as “one of the highlights of my career.” Undoubtedly, the result of his exceptional talents is one of the highlights of our annual collector releases.
With just 500 gold and 10,000 silver versions, these coins are destined to be sought after by collectors the world over.