Gold Wedge-Tailed Eagle

The United States Mint strikes the American Gold Eagle, the Royal Canadian Mint strikes the Gold Maple Leaf coin, while the Perth Mint in Australia, recently introduced the Gold Wedge-Tail Eagle.

The series was conceived in 2014 as the brainchild of the renowned Perth Mint and former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti- the first time in numismatic history that a former U.S Mint employee and a foreign Mint worked together on a legal tender coin release. Featuring Australia’s largest bird of prey, the Wedge-Tail Eagle, the series has featured a total of five designs over the course of its issuance, all composed by Mercanti. Scroll below to learn more about this iconic series and to find the perfect Gold Wedge-Tailed Eagle for your carefully curated collection.

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The Wedge-Tailed Eagle

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle is native to several locations including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and of course, Australia. With the ability to grow a wingspan of up to 9 feet, it is the largest predatory bird that inhabits the Australian continent. The Eagle has been adopted as a symbol of the Northern Australian Territory. It appears as an emblem of police stations and air forces across the nation. The bird is terribly smart and is even known to hunt together in teams to take down larger prey which sometimes includes small kangaroos.

A Brief History of the Perth Mint’s Wedge-Tailed Eagle Series

As mentioned above, this series was born out of the historic collaboration between the renowned Perth Mint and the legendary John Mercanti. Mercanti was the 10th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint and although he had been retired for some years when he designed this series, the significance of this partnership cannot be downplayed. During his time at the Mint, Mercanti was responsible for numerous iconic designs, perhaps most well-known is the reverse of the American Silver Eagle.

A total of five designs have been released since the series inception in 2014 with several being used for more than one year. The obverse always features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, while the reverse features a different portrayal of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle. In 2014 and 2015, the design featured an intricately designed image of the Eagle in flight, while in 2016 and 2017, the Eagle perched on a dead tree branch. 2018 featured the only Wedge-Tailed Eagle design that would be used for a single year, featured a touching familial portrait. The latest release, the 2019 addition, featured the fearsome bird soaring high in the sky, about to snatch its next meals in its clasping talons.

A Variety of Gold Wedge Tailed Eagle Sizes

As one of Perth Mint’s yearly releases, the Gold Wedge Tailed Eagle is a collector favorite.  From its immaculate, yearly designs from John Mercanti to the majesty of the bird of prey that the series portrays, and its impressively pure gold content, the gold variation of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is also met with great fanfare from collectors around the globe. Gold Wedge-Tailed Eagles come in a variety of sizes as well, ranging from the tiny, yet affordable  1/10th of an ounce all the way to 5 full ounces of 99.99% gold, so it is easy to find the exact type of gold coin you’re looking for.  Whether it’s a Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) graded High Relief Gold Wedge-Tailed Eagle featuring a Mercanti signed label or an uncirculated 1/10th oz. Gold Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin, this annual series has a slew of different options to choose from.