2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Gold Coin

The 2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Proof Gold Coin is one of six coins issued by the US Mint in 2008 celebrating the national emblem of the United States of America.

Mintage: 100,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 12 Dec 2008
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It was the Second Continental Congress in 1782 who established the Bald Eagle as the nation’s emblem and placed it on the Great Seal of the United States. Since that time, the majestic bird has come to symbolize both the freedom and democracy of the country.

Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the Bald Eagle’s numbers dropped to less than a thousand by the mid-1900′s. Conservation efforts reversed that trend and these coins were issued to help celebrate their comeback.

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 were added to the sale of each of these coins with the proceeds raised being directed to the American Eagle Foundation. Surcharges ranged from $3 on the clad coins to $10 for the silver coins and $35 on the gold coins.

Issue Information

Each Bald Eagle Gold Coin is struck from 90% gold to the diameter of 0.850 inches.

Release Date

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

Issue Price

Initial price on the Proof Gold Bald Eagle was $294.95.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A ‘W’ mintmark on each gold coin indicates it was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The obverse (heads side) was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill to show two adult Bald Eagles perched on a tree branch near a nest.

The reverse (tails side) is based on the Great Seal of the United States used in 1903. It was sculpted by Don Everhart.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $5
Finish: Proof
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 8.359 g
Standard Diameter: 0.850 inches
Edge: Reeded

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