The 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program. The Bald Eagle, nearing the brink of extinction just 35 years ago, has made remarkable progress and is still expanding its presence throughout our Nation's lands and skies. Public Law 108-486, signed by President George W.Bush on December 23, 2004, calls for the United States Mint to mint and issue three commemorative coins that celebrate the encouraging recovery of the Bald Eagle species, the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and the removal of the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species List. In 1782, the Second Continental Congress selected the Bald Eagle as our National Emblem of the United States and made it the centerpiece of the Great Seal of the United States. The majestic Bald Eagle has come to symbolize America's freedom, strength and democracy. Bald Eagles were once abundant throughout our Nation. But poaching, habitat destruction, pesticides, and food source contamination took their toll, reducing the population from approximately 100,000 nesting pairs at the founding of our Nation to just over 400 nesting pairs in the early 1960's. The path to recovery took the efforts of governments, private organizations, and citizens determined to save our National emblem.
The ban on the use of certain pesticides in 1972, the protections provided under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, and efforts such as captive breeding and nest watch programs, provided the vital protection that the Bald Eagles needed to survive. The success of this recovery effort culminated in the removal of the Bald Eagle from the Endangered Species List in 2007. About 10,000 nesting pairs of Bald Eagles can now be found throughout the continental United States.
Surcharges from the program are authorized to be paid to the American Eagle Foundation of Tennessee for the purposes of continuing its work to save and protect Bald Eagles nationally. Bald Eagle Silver Dollars Weight: 26.730 grams nominal Diameter: 1.500 inches (± 0.003 inches) Composition: 90% silver, 10% alloy Mintage Limit: 500,000 (across all product options).Bald Eagle Half-dollars Weight: 11.340 grams (± 0.454) Diameter: 1.205 inches (± 0.002 inches) Composition: 8.33% nickel, balance copper Mintage Limit: 750,000 (across all product options). The item "2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative 3 Coin Set / Sealed in Original US Mint Box" is in sale since Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ US\Commemorative\Modern Silver/Clad (1982-Now)". The seller is "chateau89" and is located in Rochester, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.