One of the Perth Mint’s distributors recently started accepting orders for a new version of the 2014 Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle Silver Coin. The popular design created by former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti has been used been used on five different gold and silver coins issued throughout the course of the year.
The design was first seen on 1 ounce silver proof high relief and 1 ounce gold proof high relief coins issued early in the year. The silver coin carried a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces, while the gold was limited to a mintage of 1,000 pieces.
Following this release, I came across information and was able to obtain confirmation of another three silver versions of the coin which had been authorized. This included 1 ounce silver proof and 5 ounce silver proof high relief versions which were made available in May, although the exclusive US distributor began sales at an earlier date. Both of these coins were limited to a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The fifth and latest coin featuring the Wedge Tailed Eagle design is a 1 ounce silver bullion or BU version. The site GovMint.com recently started accepting orders for these coins on their website. Three different product options are available, which include coins encapsulated by PCGS as GEM BU, coins graded PCGS MS69, and coins graded PCGS MS70. The site does not specifically indicate a mintage level for the coins.
I reached out to the Perth Mint and was able to obtain some additional details on the offering. The 2014 Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle Silver Bullion Coins will be sold exclusively by GovMint worldwide, with the exception of Australia where it will be sold by Ainslie Bullion. The total mintage for this version will be 50,000 pieces.
My contact at the Perth Mint was also able to confirm that the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle will be an ongoing series, with the same design used for next year.