Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle

2021 1oz Gold Enhanced Reverse Proof

High Relief Coin


Depicting master engraver John M. Mercanti’s sixth Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle design for The Perth Mint in a brand-new coin classification, this exceptionally detailed 1oz ‘enhanced reverse proof’ gold coin showcases an appreciably raised relief and a range of subtle finish variations. 

Key Features:

  • The Perth Mint’s first coin of this kind
  • Sixth Wedge-tailed Eagle design by John M. Mercanti
  • Stunning enhanced reverse proof high relief design
  • Enhanced finishes to tail 
  • 99.99% pure gold
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Beautifully illustrated presentation packaging
  • Australian Legal Tender
  • Extremely limited mintage – 500

Named for its long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern Papua New Guinea, the bird has an impressive wingspan of up to 2.7 metres.

The Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2021 1oz Gold Enhanced Reverse Proof High Relief Coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure gold and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. No more than 500 of these coins will be released worldwide.

Hunting Eagle Design

Sculpted for The Perth Mint by the renowned US engraver, John M. Mercanti, the coin’s high relief reverse depicts a swooping wedge-tailed eagle with a snake in its talons. The bright finishes on these motifs are enhanced with a range of subtle variations. As well as the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGETAILED EAGLE and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ Mintmark, the reverse also includes the coin’s weight, fineness and its 2021 year-date.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination

About the Designer

This is the sixth wedge-tailed eagle design for The Perth Mint by renowned sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint. Mercanti also created the reverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin and has produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint.

Presentation Packaging

This coin is housed in a deluxe timber display case within a themed, customised shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Technical Specifications

Year Date 2021
Gold Content (Troy oz) 1
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 100
Fineness (% purity) 99.99
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.107
Maximum Diameter (mm) 27.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 5.00
Maximum Mintage 500
Legal Tender Australian Legal Tender
Effigy Jody Clark design of H.M Queen Elizabeth II
Designer John M. Mercanti

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