The silver high relief coin is already achieving significant premiums to release price, selling on ebay regularly for upwards of A$150 and up to A$230. This seems to stem from interest due to a stunning image which was designed by a former Chief US Mint Engraver as previously covered on the Perth Mint's Coin Collector Blog:
In a major development that will have profound significance for numismatists on two continents, The Perth Mint is delighted to announce that the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint has created the magnificent reverse for our new Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle gold and silver high-relief proofs.
One of America’s most respected coin sculptor-engravers, John Mercanti joined the U.S. Mint in 1974, holding the position of Chief Engraver from 2006 until his retirement in 2010. His achievements are remarkable – with the coin and medal design process traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team, John is responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint.
Among them is the American Eagle silver coin, first issued in 1986. Featuring John’s re-interpretation of ‘Walking Liberty’ and a stunning heraldic eagle on the reverse, “the coin that started it all” was a landmark release in U.S. history.
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5oz Silver Proof High Relief Wedge-Tailed Eagle Coin