2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar

The 2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar was released in 2008 by the US Mint to celebrate a bird which is probably best known as the emblem of the United States of America.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 12 Dec 2008
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Through the work of the Second Continental Congress in 1782, the Bald Eagle came to be featured as an icon for America and symbolizes its strength and the democracy.

However, by the mid-1900′s, the population of the species became quite endangered forcing steps to reverse the declining numbers. By 2008, significant progress had been made and the coins helped to celebrate those advances.

Previous U.S. Mint Commemorative Coins

The US Mint has created commemorative coins routinely since the late 1800′s. However, the modern commemorative era began in 1982 and feature unique coins that not only raise awareness for the subject, but also needed funds as surcharges were added to the sale of each one. Some of the more recent commemoratives include:

  • 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar Program
  • 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar Program
  • 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program
  • 2007 Little Rock Central High School Desegregation Silver Dollar Program
  • 2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program
  • 2006 San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coin Program
  • 2006 Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coin Program
  • 2005 Chief Justice John Marshall Silver Dollar
  • 2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar
  • 2004 Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar
  • 2004 Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Coin

Over $400 million has been raised by the US Mint for the organizations who were chosen to be recipients of the surcharge placed on each coin since 1982.

Issue Information

Each Bald Eagle Silver Dollar is struck from 90% silver to the typical 1.5 inch diameter.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Bald Eagle Proof Silver Dollar on January 15, 2008.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Proof Bald Eagle was $39.95.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The Silver Bald Eagles were struck at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia and feature the ‘P’ mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

The obverse (heads side) of the Silver Bald Eagle was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart to show a Bald Eagle in flight.

The reverse (tails side) shows a replica of the first Great Seal of the United States that was used between 1782 and 1841. It was sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 26.730 g
Standard Diameter: 1.500 inches
Edge: Reeded

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