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11 Jan 2018


Coins | Longstrider

   Today I have a coin I received as a gift and a test. Below is my example of a 2017 Australian Wedged-Tailed Eagle. I very nice birthday gift. It was a test to see how a MS 70 NGC coin looked in their black holder. I think the silver coin shows up nicely. Personal reference. Besides everything else it has going for it, the NGC slab is hand signed by John Mercanti, our former 12th Chief engraver at the US Mint. Among other things he designed the reverse of the American Silver and Platinum Eagle. The slab also has a special Australian Label, if you are into that, it also has a nice First Day of Issue designation.

   The coin itself is the third in the Wedged-Tailed Eagle program. I guess I should mention Mercanti designed all of them. The reverse of the coin shows the proud eagle at rest, perched on a branch. Mercanti has parts of the eagle and branch outside the normal boundaries of a coins design. The Wedged Tailed Eagle is a very interesting bird of prey. It is Australia's largest eagle. I recommend you check it out. The reverse also features the inscriptions "AUSTRALIAN WEDGED-TAILED EAGLE," "2017 1 OZ 999 SILVER," and "P" mintmark from the Perth Mint.

   The obverse of the coin features Ian Rank-Broadley's design of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is inscribed with "QUEEN ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR".

I have personally always enjoyed this coin. It is Australians version of our Silver American Eagle. The major difference being, that Mercanti's design is changed each year. The coins specs are as follows" weight: 31.1 g and a 40.6 mm diameter. I kind of lost interest in this coin but my lovely wife's gift has rekindled my interest in it. Enjoy the photos below. I hope you learned something from my blog. Please feel free to comment.

SOURCES: Perth Mint

                    Modern Coin Mart



Conan Barbarian

Level 5

it looks reverse proof to me but if it says MS i guess it is. any way very cool coin and nice design


Level 3

Great picture. I'm curious now about Mercanti.


Level 6

The black holder makes the coin "pop". Nice looking coin


Level 6

I love it! The black holder with the silver coin is beautiful! Kick- _ _ _ looking bird too! Thanks for the great blog and photo's!


Level 6

Yes, the black holder does show off a silver coin. Magnificent bird!


Level 5

I did something similar a few years ago. I purchased a 2015 (I think) Panda that was in a hold with a black core. To me I think it makes the coin stand out more. I imagine it wouldn't have the same affect on a non mint state coin. Nice gift. Congratulations.


Level 7

I like the coin but I saw Mercanti getting into a set like our American Eagle. He's a great designer to bad we lost him. I wasn't ready for another thirty year collection I don't have that long. But I enjoy it it's very well done. Great history great coin equals good blog. Thanks. Mike.

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