2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin

The 2008-W $5 Bald Eagle Commemorative Uncirculated Gold Coin was issued in 2008 to celebrate 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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The majestic Bald Eagle first took the national spotlight in 1782 when the Second Continental Congress made it the national emblem and placed it on the Great Seal. It has stood for freedom and democracy in America ever since.

While at one time numbering in the hundreds of thousands, less than 400 nesting pairs were known to exist in the United States by the mid-1900′s. Conservation efforts reversed the trend and these coins were issued to help celebrate their recovery.

2008 Bald Eagle Coins

A total of six coins were issued in 2008 as part of the Bald Eagle Commemorative Program:

  • 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, $10 and $35 were charged by the Mint on each clad, silver and gold coin, respectively. These surcharges were forwarded to the American Eagle Foundation.

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 Uncirculated Gold Bald Eagle was $284.95.

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

Two adult Bald Eagles perched on a tree branch next to a nest is featured on the obverse (heads side) of the coin. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

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: Uncirculated
Composition: 90% gold, 10% alloy
Standard Weight: 8.359 g
Standard Diameter: 0.850 inches
Edge: Reeded

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