Coin collectors and bald eagle aficionados now have an opportunity to own limited edition bald eagle coins. Proceeds of the 2008 commemorative coins will benefit Arizona’s bald eagles.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department wouldn’t comment on the fundraising effort, but a Game and Fish news release said each coin portray a different bald eagle.
The commemorative coin was approved by Congress and is sold by the U.S. Mint. The set consists of a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar coin and a half-dollar coin — each available in proof and uncirculated conditions.
The coins are available at www.usmint.gov and range from $319.95 to $8.95.
Arizona Game and Fish has a management program to ensure the population growth of bald eagles.
Biologists expect as many as 48 pairs of bald eagles to breed in Arizona this year, officials said.
An Arizona State University biology lecturer, Ken Sweat, said he supports selling the bald eagle coins.
“I’m always in favor of raising money for any kind of conservation,” he said, “as long as it doesn’t raise my taxes.”
Sweat said the bald eagles in Arizona are beautiful animals that should never have been a part of a declining population.
“The only reason they were in trouble was because of our foolish behavior,” Sweat said.
Checking nests and making sure the young eagles are being successfully raised is a top priority, he said.