John Mercanti Designs Two New Australian Proof Coins

John Mercanti, who retired from his position as Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint in 2010, continues to design coins. His latest? Two new high relief Australian Proof 2014 coins celebrating Australia’s wedge-tailed eagle.

CoinWorld reports:

The reverse of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle coins shows an eagle preparing to land on the branch of a dead tree.

“I decided to show the eagle in flight, approaching the stump, wings spread so that the viewer could see the majesty of the wings,” Mercanti said, through a press release from the Perth Mint.


John Mercanti is the author of American Silver Eagle – A Guide to the U.S Bullion Program, published by Whitman, in which he shares his unique insight and perspective on the beautiful pieces of Americana that are the American silver eagles. Discover it here.

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