John Mercanti's involvement with the Perth Mint of Australia ince 2014 is well-known via his ongoing design work on Australia's precious metal Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin series. He has also been engaged with the Royal Canadian Mint, working on a 2019 collaborative medal project with Susan Taylor, the former Royal Canadian Mint Senior Engraver.
The obverse of the medal, the side that depicts a left-facing portrait of Lady Peace
was designed by Ms. Taylor. The allegorical figure presents a young woman portraying "quiet strength and radiant hope." (Per Mint web site description.) Peace
is depicted wearing a crown comprised of olive branches (an international symbol of peace) and maple leaves (symbolic of Canada). The inscription "A Mari Usque Ad Mare" (translates from Latin to English as "From Sea to Sea") is Canada's official motto; "Pax" translates as "Peace."
John Mercanti, the former US Mint Chief Engraver, designed the medal's reverse. It presents a forward-striding figure of Liberty
(somewhat reminiscent of the US' St. Gaudens gold Double Eagle coins). In her upraised left hand is held the torch of freedom, with laurel branches wrapped about it. In her right hand is seen a sword with which she is warding off a pair of snakes meant to represent evil and oppression. The inscription "E Pluribus Unum" translates to English as "Out of Many, One" and "Libertas" translates to "Liberty."
Mercanti's "JM" initials are seen directly below the figure of Liberty
The "Peace" side of the medal was clearly struck in ultra-high relief. To my eyes, the reverse "Liberty" side was struck in standard relief. Both sides feature a reverse-proof finish.
I purchased the one-ounce 0.9999 fine silver version for my collection; 10-ounce and kilogram silver versions were also produced. A one-ounce 0.99999 fine gold verion was also struck.
Susan Taylor's "Peace" design has been reissued on a Canadian silver dollar and a gold $200 coin (so far, in 2020 and 2021); the Mint might be starting two new coin series.2019 Canada Peace & Liberty Medal