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Former US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti Designs Australian High Relief Eagle Coins

January 8, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Design, Gold, Gold Coins, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

January 7, 2014 By Coin Update (http://news.coinupdate.com)

John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, has created the reverse design for the Perth Mint’s recently released 2014 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle gold and silver high relief proof coins.

One of America’s most respected coin sculptor-engravers, Mercanti joined the US Mint in 1974 and held the position of Chief Engraver from 2006 until his retirement in 2010. He has been responsible for more coin and medal designs than any other employee in US Mint history. Among them is the American Silver Eagle, issued from 1986 to present, which features Mercanti’s re-interpretation of Adolph A. Weinman’s Walking Liberty design on the obverse and a stunning heraldic eagle on the reverse.

John Mercanti brought his extraordinary talents to bear on the Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle project on behalf of The Perth Mint. Despite being honored for so many outstanding achievements in American coin design, he described the opportunity to sculpt the image for an Australian legal tender issue as “one of the highlights of my career.”

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