2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar

Released by the US Mint to celebrate the iconic bird used as an emblem of the United States of America for centuries was the 2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar.

Mintage: 500,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 12 Dec 2008
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The Second Continental Congress in 1782 established the Bald Eagle as the nation’s emblem and placed it on the Great Seal of the United States.

However, once quite prominent, the population of the Bald Eagles in America began to dwindle to alarming numbers by the mid-1900′s. Conservation efforts reversed the trend and the Eagle Coins were issued to help celebrate those advances.

Previous U.S. Mint Commemorative Coins

Commemoratives have been issued by the US Mint since the 1800′s, but the modern commemorative era only began in 1982. Some of the more recent examples of these strikes 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

A surcharge is added to the sale of each commemorative with the funds raised being forwarded to an organization dictated by the legislation which authorized each specific strike. Since 1982, more than $400 million has been collected by the Mint for the chosen organizations.

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 Uncirculated Silver Dollar on January 15, 2008.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Uncirculated Bald Eagle was $35.95.

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

A flying Bald Eagle is featured on the obverse (heads side) of each coin. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

The Great Seal of the United States used between 1782 and 1841 is featured on the reverse (tails side) of the Bald Eagle Uncirculated Coin. It was sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

Coin Specifications

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

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