Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins were authorized under Public Law 108-486. The program is intended to honor the recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the twenty fifth anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and is importance as a symbol of the United States of America.
Three different coins were produced under the program. The $5 Gold Bald Eagle Coin depicts two young Eagles resting on a branch. These coins were limited to production of 100,000. The $1 Silver Bald Eagle Coin shows a mature Bald Eagle soaring through the air. This version was limited to 500,000. Finally, the 50c Bald Eagle coin depicts baby Eagles in their nest. These coins are struck in clad and limited to 750,000.
Coins first went on sale January 15, 2008. Each coin was available in either uncirculated or proof. The $5 Gold was priced at $319.95 and $309.95 for proof and uncirculated versions, respectively. The $1 Silver was priced at $43.95 and $37.95. The 50c Clad was priced at $10.95 and $8.95. Discounts were available for the first 30 days of sales.
Sales of the Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins ended on December 12, 2008. During the sales period, none of the individual coins reached their maximum authorized mintages. However, two of the individual product options did sell out. These were the 3 Coin Proof Set and the Young Collector's Set.
Mint: West Point ($5 Gold), Philadelphia ($1 Silver), San Francisco (50c Clad)
Release Date: January 15, 2008
Maximum Authorized Mintage: 100,000 ($5 Gold), 500,000 ($1 Silver), 750,000 (50c Clad)
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