From 2014 through 2018, Mercanti and Perth brought us 3 designs depicting the Eagle as he is coming in for a landing (2014-2015), him sitting stoically on a branch (2016-2017), and finally the full family of Eagles (2018). The fourth and fifth design (2019-2020), display his decent closing in on his prey, and in 2021 him gazing down on his prey, a snake grasped in its talons. In the seventh and newest design in 2022, the story continues with the majestic side profile of a Wedge Tailed Eagle calling with his beak open.
A relief first introduced by the Perth Mint in 2021, these 2022 Wedge Tailed Eagles are featured in ultra-high relief. Each 1-oz silver, 1-oz gold, and 5-oz silver proof has been carefully struck in superb ultra-high relief proof condition, which is a first for their individual specifications. The die was designed to create a deep, concave field upon the surface of a coin for maximum contrast with the devices. It requires the use of increased pressure in striking or sometimes multiple strikes to attain the desired effect.
Designed by John Mercanti, the reverse features a close-up profile of the Wedge Tailed Eagle as we’ve never seen him before, displaying a stunning side profile of him with his beak open as he calls. The 2022 year-date, weight, purity, and Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark are included in the design as well.
The obverse depicts the profile of the oldest reigning Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and the coin’s denomination. Released in 2019, The Perth Mint featured an image designed by Jody Clark, former engraver for The Royal Mint. This obverse features Elizabeth wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem, which was worn for her Coronation. Keeping with tradition, Her Majesty continues to face right.
These proof coins are specially manufactured using polished dies and selected planchets (blanks), to give the desired mirror effect; they are typically struck at least two times or more. Each coin is certified First Day of Issue and graded a perfect-strike PF70 UCAM by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation).