WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Program at 12 Noon (ET) on January 15, 2008.

Surcharges collected from the sale of Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins are authorized to be paid to the American Eagle Foundation of Tennessee to further its work.

The Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins will be available in six individual coin options:  a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar coin, and a half-dollar clad coin each available in proof and uncirculated versions.  Also available will be a Three-Coin Proof Set, a Coin and Medal Set, and a Young Collector’s Set.  Additionally, later this year, the annual United States Mint American Legacy CollectionTM will feature a Bald Eagle Proof Silver Dollar.

The maximum mintage across all Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin options, including sets, is limited to 100,000 $5 gold coins, 500,000 silver dollar coins and 750,000 clad half-dollars.  Household order limits will be in effect for the first 30 days for most products.  Each product description includes information on that product’s production and household limits.

Orders will be limited to 100 units per household for each of the individual proof and uncirculated coin options.  Each of these six individual options comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is packaged in a custom box with the program name.

Orders for the Bald Eagle Three-Coin Proof Set, which features one proof each of the $5 gold coin, the silver dollar coin and the clad half-dollar, will be limited to one per household.  The coins are displayed in a custom presentation box containing a Certificate of Authenticity.  This special set is limited to 25,000 units.

The Bald Eagle Coin and Medal Set features an uncirculated Bald Eagle Silver Dollar and bronze Bald Eagle Medal from the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Medal Series.  The set highlights the journey of the Bald Eagle from near extinction to its recent removal from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.  The Coin and Medal Set is limited to 50,000 units with a limit of five units per household.

The Bald Eagle Young Collector’s Set, an option especially designed for children, features the uncirculated Bald Eagle Half-Dollar.  This fun and educational option marks the return of the popular “Mint Kids” with a new adventure that teaches children about the recovery and restoration of our national emblem.  Production of the Young Collector’s Set will be based on the quantity of units ordered during the specified ordering period from January 15, 2008, to April 15, 2008.

Pricing and product limits for the Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin options are as follows:

Option

Introductory Price

Regular Price

Household Limit/Product Limit

Proof $5 Gold  Coin (EA1)

$294.95

$319.95

100/NA

Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin (EA2)

$284.95

$309.95

100/NA

Proof Silver Dollar (EA3)

$39.95

$43.95

100/NA

Uncirculated  Silver Dollar (EA4)

$35.95

$37.95

100/NA

Proof Clad Half-Dollar (EA5)

$9.95

$10.95

100/NA

Uncirculated Clad Half-Dollar (EA6)

$7.95

$8.95

100/NA

Three-Coin Proof Set (EA7)

N/A

$369.95

One/25,000

Young Collector’s Set (EA8)

N/A

$14.95

NA/Open Ordering Period Only

Coin and Medal Set (EA9)

N/A

$44.95

Five/50,000

Customers should be aware that two products were erroneously priced in the mail brochure.  They are the Young Collector’s Set and the Coin and Medal Set.  However, the order form on the brochure is correct, and the insert that is provided explains the error.

The introductory sales period will end at 5:00 p.m. (ET) on February 14, 2008.  Additionally, the Young Collector’s Set will be available for purchase for a 90-day period ending on April 15.

The United States Mint will accept orders for the Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin options at its secure web site, www.usmint.gov, or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).  Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may place their orders by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday.

If paying by credit card, customers should ensure that their credit card information remains current to avoid order processing delays.  Orders placed with credit cards that expire before an order is shipped will be cancelled.  To update credit card information after an order has been placed, customers should call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Click on the link below to view and download high resolution images of these coins.
http://www.usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?action=photo#2008BaldEagle

Note:  To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, any order placed prior to the official on-sale date and time, January 15, 12:00 Noon (ET), shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.
Contact: Press inquiries:  Michael White (202) 354-7222 Customer Service information:  (800) USA MINT (872-6468)