COIN REVEAL: 2014 5oz Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle High Relief Proof Silver Coin

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Today's featured coin is the 2014 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle Silver coin struck by The Perth Mint. This coin is a 5oz High Relief Proof Silver coin.

If you read my Sneak Peek post written on 5 May 2021: Sneak Peek - Coin Reveal, you will recognise the outer box of this coin as it was mentioned in that previous post.

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Contents

Each Coin Reveal post as part of my Sneak Peek series features special collector coin that I currently own in my stack or one that I would love to own one day. The focus of today's post is the 2014 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 5oz Fine Silver proof coin.

The contents of each post will follow the same format and cover the five topics listed below.

1. Coin Story
2. Coin Packaging
3. Coin Details
4. Coin Design
6. Coin Protection

1. Coin Story

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The Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin was released by The Perth Mint in 2014. This coin series commemorates the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle which is one of the biggest eagles in the world.

Wedge-tailed eagles are found throughout Australia, they can be found in almost all habitats. They tend to favour the lightly timbered and open country locations in southern and eastern Australia.

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The quality of these High Relief proof coins is exceptional. I took this photo at a slight angle, zoomed in to emphasise intricate detail of the coin design. The eye of the eagle feels like it is staring at you.

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The same is true with the obverse design of the coin. Although the coin has the very familiar Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the detail of the High Relief design makes you appreciate the likeness of the Queen even more.

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These coins are quite rare, but when theY do become available, they sell very well on the secondary market. On ebay.com.au there was only one sold listing that I could find. The coin sold for AU $579.00. The 5oz Fine Silver (.999) spot price at the time of writing this post was at AU $174.00. That is a premium of AU $405.00 over the silver weight value of the coin.

2. Coin Packaging

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The outer box is silvery gray with an illustration of an Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle. The text near the bottom of the box reads 'AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE'.

Each 5oz Silver coin comes with a uniquely numbered accompanying coin certificate.

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The 5oz Silver proof coin is housed in a dark gray clam shell case. On the lid of the case has a black indent design of The Perth Mint Swan logo in the bottom left corner.

3. Coin Details

a. Mintage

The maximum mintage of the 2014 5oz Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle High Relief Proof Silver coin was limited at 5,000 coins. The coin was issued as legal tender under the authority of Australia with a denomination of eight dollars.

b. Purity

The 2014 edition of the coin has a purity of .999 fine silver.

c. Details

Mint/Brand: The Perth Mint
Purity: .999 Fine Silver
Denomination: $8 (Australian)
Year of Issue: 2014
Edge: Milled
Weight: 155.673
Diameter: 50.60mm
Thickness: 12.50mm
Maximum Mintage: 5,000
Designer: John M Mercanti

4. Coin Design

a. Reverse Design

The reverse of the proof coin depicts an impressive Wedge-Tailed Eagle in mid-flight as it prepares to land on a tree branch.

The design includes an inscription 'AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE', the year '2014' and the 'P' mintmark. On the tree branch you will notice the letters 'JM', the are the coin designer.

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b. Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the words 'ELIZABETH II' and 'AUSTRALIA', with the denomination inscription of '8 DOLLARS'.

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5. Coin Protection

Each 5oz Silver coin is stored in an original mint plastic capsule. It is highly recommended that you keep your silver proof coins in their capsules, to protect them from tarnish, or scratches on the coin that could result from handling the coin.

When handling your silver coin, for extra protection use a pair of cotton gloves. Cotton gloves protect your coins from oils in your fingers that may cause discoloration, damaging the finish of the coin. I have formed the habit to use cotton gloves even when I am handling coins in their plastic capsules.

source APMEX

Post authored by @strenue

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Nice pickup 🪙

Cool how give much information on it also!
Never looked into mine numbers much
It’s cool to get information about it.

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