This coin is graded PF69 by NGC. The NGC insert has been signed by the designer, John Mercanti, the 12th chief engraver of the US Mint. Renowned coin sculptor and engraver John Mercanti’s brilliant third Wedge-tailed Eagle design adorns the first ever proof quality ‘piedfort’. Meaning ‘heavy weight’, piedforts were originally struck in France during the 12th century for presentation purposes. At twice the weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter, the historic piedfort is a fittingly impressive canvas for John’s outstanding artistry. The coin’s reverse features an intimate look at the life-cycle of Australia’s largest bird of prey with a touching family scene comprising a mother and father tending and protecting their new hatchling.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Australian Currency Act 1965, this extraordinary release portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse. This 40.6mm coin is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver and has a limited mintage of only 3,000 coins. This coin comes with a box and certificate of authenticity.