WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - January 16, 2008) - Ewire -- The United States Mint issued three limited-edition commemorative coins on January 15th celebrating the dramatic comeback of the Bald Eagle to America's lands, waterways and skies, and marking the 35th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

"We're excited to work closely with the United States Mint and their artists and engravers to create these beautiful coins," said American Eagle Foundation (AEF) (www.eagles.org) founder and President Al Cecere. "We hope the public will enthusiastically support this program to aid the bald eagle, a precious national treasure, for generations to come."

The collectable coins include a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar and a clad half-dollar (available individually and in three different special sets), and will only be sold through Dec. 31, 2008. During a one-month pre-issue period, Jan. 15th through Feb. 14th, the coins will be available at a special discounted price. They can be purchased at www.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

A surcharge from the sale of each commemorative coin will be earmarked to create a special American Eagle Fund endowment managed by the not-for-profit AEF. The coin program has the potential of generating over $10 million for the eagle protection cause.

The three coins will feature both natural and historical Bald Eagle images and emblems. The clad half-dollar, which is included in a special product targeted at young collectors, features the stately profile of the Bald Eagle "Challenger" on one side and two baby eaglets snuggled in their nest on the opposite side. "Challenger," a 19-year-old non-releasable bird cared for by the AEF, is internationally known for his spectacular free-flight educational appearances at high-profile sporting events and ceremonies coast to coast.

"This is the first time in our country's history that the likeness of a specific famous Bald Eagle has appeared on legal tender United States coinage," said Cecere. "In fact, Challenger and the AEF staff campaigned tirelessly on Capitol Hill to assure that the coin bill was passed unanimously."

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Web Site: http://www.eagles.org

Contact Information: Contact: American Eagle Foundation Al Cecere 1-865-256-0372 Joanne Cheponis 1-865-429-0011