Earlier this month, the Perth Mint released the 2014 Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle High Relief Gold and Silver Proof Coins featuring an exceptional design by former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. The coins represented one of the most discussed and well received world releases in years and promptly sold out on the Perth Mint’s website, although US customers were directed to an exclusive regional distributor.
It appears that Mercanti’s design will also be used on as many as three different upcoming coins. Basic details of these upcoming coins can be found in explanatory statements to Determinations that the Perth Mint files to specify the weight, dimensions, and composition of upcoming numismatic coins.
In addition to the already released 1 ounce gold proof high relief coin and 1 ounce silver prof high relief coin, the statements provide for the following additional 2014-dated coins:
- 5 ounce .999 Silver Proof High Relief Coin
- 1 ounce .999 Silver Proof Coin
- 1 ounce .999 Silver Bullion Coin
I reached out to the Perth Mint to see if they could confirm these additional issues and provide any preliminary information. The upcoming issuance of the 5 ounce silver proof high relief and 1 ounce silver proof coin were both confirmed. Each coin will have a mintage of 5,000 pieces. (Curiously, this would give the 1 ounce silver proof coin a lower mintage than the 1 ounce silver proof high relief coin.) Distribution to collectors in the USA will once again be handled by the New York Mint. Release dates have not yet been determined.
At this point, the Perth Mint could not confirm any details about the 1 ounce silver bullion coin due to product embargo.
Some other interesting upcoming issues listed in the explanatory statements include “The Land Down Under” series gold and silver coins which will represent Australia’s Gold Rush, Australian Great White Shark silver bullion coins, and a silver proof coin with an insert of abalone shell.