2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar Coin

The 2008-S Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Half Dollar Coin was struck by the US Mint to recognize the recovering numbers of the bird chosen over two centuries ago to become the national emblem of the United States.

Mintage: 750,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 12 Dec 2008
Final Mintage: 120,180
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When first chosen as the emblem of the country, there were hundreds of thousands of the birds flying in the sky. By the mid-1900′s, their numbers had dwindled to under a thousand. Steps were then taken (including the introduction of the Endangered Species Act) to reverse that trend.

The conservation efforts have proved quite successful and the bald eagle numbers are on a rise.

2008 Bald Eagle Coins

2008 saw six different Bald Eagle Coins struck by the US Mint. Those six coins were:

  • 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

The US Mint added surcharges of $3 for each clad coin, $10 for each silver dollar and $35 for each gold coin. Those surcharges were then forwarded to the American Eagle Foundation to continue its work with the birds.

Issue Information

Each Bald Eagle Uncirculated 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 Uncirculated Coins for $7.95.

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

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

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: Uncirculated
Composition: 91.67% Copper, 8.33% Nickel
Standard Weight: 11.340 grams
Standard Diameter: 1.205 inches
Edge: Reeded

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