Nov 042014
 

Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey, and with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, one of the biggest eagles in the world.

Identified by its long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs, the majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes of up to 20,000 metres.

The Perth Mint is proud to issue this beautiful high relief coin featuring John Mercanti’s masterly portrayal of a Wedge-Tailed Eagle preparing to land. Made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, the magnificent tribute to Australia’s iconic eagle has a maximum mintage of just 1,000.


Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

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Jul 032014
 

Australian Kangaroo silver coinRepresenting the very best in minting excellence, this proof quality coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver in spectacular high relief, and features an adult kangaroo in outback Australia.

With a limited issue of 19,000, the Australian legal tender release is housed in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: three different names for a group of kangaroos

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 July 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Lorraine Wallis of WA, for the correct answer ‘The Acacia Tree’

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Apr 012014
 

2014HRKookaEach struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, just 9,000 of these stunning 2014 High Relief Kookaburras will be released in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this superb coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: What two places does a kookaburra like to build its nest?

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How to enter:
Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘April 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 5 May 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Glenda Leisemann of QLD for the correct answer of ‘Jack, Boomer, Buck’.

Jan 072014
 

In a major development that will have profound significance for numismatists on two continents, The Perth Mint is delighted to announce that the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint has created the magnificent reverse for our new Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle gold and silver high-relief proofs.

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John Mercanti

One of America’s most respected coin sculptor-engravers, John Mercanti joined the U.S. Mint in 1974, holding the position of Chief Engraver from 2006 until his retirement in 2010. His achievements are remarkable – with the coin and medal design process traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team, John is responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint.

Among them is the American Eagle silver coin, first issued in 1986. Featuring John’s re-interpretation of ‘Walking Liberty’ and a stunning heraldic eagle on the reverse, “the coin that started it all” was a landmark release in U.S. history.

JMercant_plasterJohn brought his extraordinary talents to bear on the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle project on behalf of The Perth Mint. Despite being honoured for so many outstanding achievements in American coin design, he is kind enough to describe the opportunity to sculpt the image for an Australian legal tender issue as “one of the highlights of my career.”

The eagle is traditionally a symbol of freedom, spirit, vision and strength, one which still inspires him from a design perspective. His immediate thought was to present it in an original way: “I asked myself, how could I use the same subject that’s been used before but depict it differently and make it interesting?”

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Defining characteristics include its huge wingspan, fully feathered legs (in contrast to its North American cousin, the Bald Eagle) and, of course, its wedge-shaped tail.

There is no doubting the power and splendour of this mighty bird from John’s superb portrayal. To satisfy the requirement for a unique viewpoint, he chose to capture an eagle preparing to land on the branch of a dead tree. “I decided to show the eagle in flight, approaching the stump, wings spread so that the viewer could see the majesty of the wings,” he elaborates.

The beauty of the design is enhanced by John’s stunning representation of the eagle’s intricately layered feathers. Conspicuous against an uncluttered, mirror-like table, the crisp, high-relief strike maximises an onlooker’s appreciation of this immense detailing.

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With a limited mintage of just 1,000 gold and 10,000 silver coins, the appeal and desirability of this classic design is all but assured.

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Nov 052013
 

The last, but certainly not least, Bulletin of the year is a feast for fans of High Relief silver coins. Not only does it include the 2013 Australian High Relief Collection featuring our special kangaroo, kookaburra and koala coins – but also a brand new High Relief release celebrating the Year of the Horse.

Anther magnificent release worthy of your attention this month is the Lunar Calendar Series set, comprising four rectangular coins depicting more superb steeds in colour.

As well as our mid-month releases, among them the quite superb Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Eleven-Coin Set, you’ll also find a fitting finale in form of two cheery Christmas gifts.

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