2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin

The 2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Half Dollar Coin was one of six coins struck by the US Mint in 2008 to celebrate the creature chosen to be the national emblem of the United States over two centuries ago.

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 12 Dec 2008
Final Mintage: 220,577
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At one time, hundreds of thousands of the birds graced the skies of the country. However, for a multitude of reasons, by the mid-twentieth century less than a thousand remained. Through conservation efforts, their numbers have been steadily increasing.

Aiding in that effort is the American Eagle Foundation, chosen as the recipient of the surcharges that the Mint placed on the sale of each of these coins.

2008 Bald Eagle Coins

Six different Bald Eagle coins were issued by the US Mint in 2008. They included:

  • 2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Gold Coin
  • 2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin
  • 2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Silver Dollar
  • 2008-P Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Silver Dollar
  • 2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Clad Proof Half Dollar
  • 2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Clad Uncirculated Half Dollar

Surcharges of $3 on the clad coins, $10 on the silver dollars and $35 on the gold coins were charged by the US Mint. The raised funds were then forwarded to the American Eagle Foundation to help in its operations.

Issue Information

Each Bald Eagle Proof Clad Half Dollar was struck to a diameter of 1.205 inches with a weight of 11.34 grams.

Release Date

The US Mint released the Bald Eagle Clad Coin on January 15, 2008.

Issue Price

The Mint released the Clad Eagle Proof Coins for $9.95.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The US Mint facility in San Francisco struck the Clad Eagle Coins an bear the ‘S’ mintmark.

Designer / Sculptor / Engraver

Designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the obverse (heads side) of the Eagle Clad Coin shows two baby eaglets in a nest with an unhatched egg.

The reverse (tails side) features an image of a non-releasable Bald Eagle named Challenger who has been trained to fly free during the playing of the national anthem at select events. It was was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $.50
Finish: Proof
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 11.340 grams
Standard Diameter: 1.205 inches
Edge: Reeded

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