Latest 2014 Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle Silver Coins Available

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.

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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.

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  1. VA Rich says

    The bullion on the Gov Mint pics look drastically different from the Proof version, in that the center field is frosted and the Wedged Tail and outer field is proof (proof-like), it really looks sharp if the pics are correct. Anyone seeing the same?

    Thanks Michael for another timely and informative article!

  2. addielise says

    If I’m not mistaken, doesn’t Perth usually use a reverse proof look on their bullion when it’s a design that was also issued as a numismatic proof? I kind of expected this look when rumors of a bullion version were announced and can’t wait to see it in hand. I’m still convinced that the vast majority of ASE collectors have no idea that Mercanti designed this beautiful coin, and now it turns out it will be an ongoing series. Talk about a win win!

  3. Samuel says

    “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.” for all 5 versions?

  4. VA Rich says

    but Samuel – it is the same design – imo the most impressive and ecliptic, powerful and impressive design for 2014. Why would you not want an example of each?

    When the design came out on mid-December, there was over 500+ postings, so what’s changed in 6 months, are ‘collectors’ that befuddled? I am perplexed by the lack of comments/interest

    Anyhoo, I love the design, if the collecting World Coin gaggle can’t stay the course on such an impressive and unique design.., then perhaps it’s appropriate to pull out of World coinage all together…

  5. Samuel says

    Rich, i do have several of the HR 1oz(several 70s) and 5oz ones. i dont want the regular proof and BU ones. the 500+ comments, i said in the thread, maybe only 10 posters posted 500 posts in total. it is different than 100 posters each posted 5. Ak Bob probably contributed 350 out of the 500. by the way, Bob hasnt shown up for a while, dont know whether he dumped his 200+ gold BHOF coins.

    what i would like to see is, John keeps working on it, one new design each year.

  6. Louis says

    My understanding is only the bullion 1 oz will be a series, not the other versions- 5 oz, hr, etc.

  7. Ikaika says

    @ Louis

    I think you are correct. 1 oz bullion only. But along the way, I am sure PM will throw in some variations. BTW, any other dealer selling the WTE raw? I am thinking in buying the ungraded PCGS one and taking the coin out of the holder and place it in a capsule.

  8. M says

    These types of programs are clearly developed for/by GovMint. I guarantee they directed the design. Why then does Perth get to sell them elsewhere and continue the series? Is that just how the deal works in order to get Australian Currency? GovMint could have chose Tuvalu and had the complete exclusive.

  9. Louis says

    It is well established that it is a jt. project of Perth and GM. Mercanti came up with the design. Of course GM gets the rights to sell in the USA, and Perth sells them in other countries. There is no dark conspiracy here. Just enjoy the coins and don’t worry about it. Life is too short.

  10. Ikaika says

    And many of us did not even purchase some of the WTE’s from GM. Got 1 from Germany and 1
    Australia. If PM makes them, others will have 🙂

  11. saucexx says

    VA,

    I have a love hate with Perth, and I blame them for a lack of interest. Forcing us to deal with Gov Mint is lower then low. I cringe when I have to place an order because I know I’m going to be deluged in mass mailings and endless phone calls bordering on harassment. If the coins are not available upon initial release, why should we waste our time?

  12. Zeeman says

    Talked to Govt Mint, 3 to 6 weeks before they have them, on there site, says in stock, what a BS.

  13. fmtransmitter says

    July 1 for sale on website Michael mentioned, shipping after July 7 via an email.
    We’ll be offering them for sale on July 1, but delivery/ pickup won’t be until 7th July

    Regards

    Geoff

  14. Wes says

    I was considering ordering a couple because I like the design but changed my mind after reading GM privacy policy. Don’t want any mass mailings and don’t know if my opting out would stop them before they get started.

  15. M says

    My Eagle shipped today from GovMint. Not sure why some dont like brochures. I think they are fun and look forward to them. In fact I keep one for every item I purchased. Adds to the story.

  16. VA Rich says

    Sauce ~ good points, I share your frustration. And I don’t understand why there seems to be veil of secracy as to what the PM releases & when. Even on their Jan WTE blog thread, they are so noncommittal.

    Though as Louis has commented, every day is a gift & we need to be thankful that a BU showed! And at this price point, I’m wondering if I should buy a few gems to crack open & recapsule.

  17. M says

    The BU Wedge Tailed Eagle. GovMint had them in stock. The CS reps must have had conflicting info.

  18. mark says

    The coin vault has the wte ms70 for the same price as gov.mint. And their shipping cost are cheaper. So much for only being able to buy them through gov.mint.

  19. M says

    GovMint has some type of relationship with CoinVault/Silvertowne. I wouldn’t be surprised if Asset doesn’t buy the business eventually…or at least the CoinVault portion.

  20. Ikaika says

    Just received my WTE from GM. Resembles very much our reverse proof ASE. Looks nice.

  21. d555 says

    @Ikaika

    If you don’t mind saying, did you order a GEM BU, MS 69, or MS 70?
    I am just wondering because my order for a GEM BU is backordered
    and Govmint in a reply says they have no idea when they will be in stock.

  22. VA Rich says

    Thanks Drocks – the bullion is amazing, I didn’t expect it to be to that stunning degree! I like the bullion over the others, can’t wait to get one in hand.

  23. fmtransmitter says

    ms70 is stunning! reverse proof like finish an gorgeous!! ty Perth…These will sell like hot cakes on a Sunday morning at Denny;s…

  24. SILVERMAN says

    I ENJOY BUYING FROM GM. ONLY PROBLEM IS I ALWAYS BUY MS70 SILVER COINS. I HAD A FEW GRADED COINS THAT ARRIVED WITH FLAWS. SMUDGE MARKS, AND SCRACHES ON COINS. SO I WOULD RETURN COINS AND HAVE TO PAY SHIPPING FEE OUT OF MY POCKET. THATS JUST WRONG. WHEN I FIRST STARTED ORDERING FROM GM I HAD A REALLY NICE GM REP. HE WOULD ALWAYS SEND ME A FREE COIN WITH EVERY PURCHASE. NOT AN EXPENSIVE COIN, JUST SOMETHING THAT WAS LYING AROUND. ITS THE THOUGHT AND THANKS FOR YOUR BUSINESS ATTITUDE THAT I LIKED ABOUT HIM. AFTER A FEW ORDERS WITH HIM THEY ASSIGNED ME A NEW REP. DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY OLD REP. BUT HE WAS THE TYPE OF GUY THAT REALLY APPRECIATED YOUR BUSINESS. ITS HARD TO FIND PEOPLE LIKE THAT. ALL MY NEW REP DOES IS BRAG ABOUT HOW FAST THEY SOLD OUT REALLY EXPENSIVE GOLD COINS IN A DAY. REALLY CANT AFFORD TO BUY GOLD COINS, BUT YOU SHOULD TREAT EVERY CUSTOMER THE SAME KNOW MATTER HOW MUCH THEY SPEND. CAUSE AS A REP YOU WILL AT TIMES EXPERIENCE A SLOW SELLING TIME ONCE IN A WHILE. I JUST ORDERED SOME MINT CONDITION MORGANS FROM A DIFFERENT COMPANY. JUST TESTING THE OTHER FISHING SPOTS OUT THEIR.

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