A certificate accompanies a 1oz high relief American Bald Eagle coin struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. The coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
The American Bald Eagle represents freedom, strength, courage, and longevity, and was adopted as the official emblem of the United States of America in 1782. The bald eagle is featured on the Great Seal of the United States and has appeared many times on coinage, dollar bills and United States stamps.
These spectacular birds are native to North America, inhabiting wetlands, coastal areas, reservoirs and lakes throughout the United States and Canada. Bald eagles spend about 90 percent of their time perching, so their ideal environment includes an area where they can keep a look out for dangers, protect their nest, and hunt.
The American Bald Eagle’s powerful, taloned feet are used to capture prey, particularly fish, which they often catch by swooping down and snatching from the water’s surface. Alternative meals are obtained by scavenging carrion, or stealing the kills of other animals.
Bald eagles living in the wild can live from m20 to 35 years, while those living in captivity can live up to 50 years. These monogamous birds mate for life, and build the largest nests of any North American bird- up to nine feet wide and weighing up to two tonnes. The eagles only lay two to three eggs, with both parents sharing the incubation. The parents also share the duties of protecting the nest form predators, such as squirrels, gulls and ravens.
Along with a portrait of an American Bald Eagle, the coin’s reverse also includes the inscription AMERICAN BALD EAGLE, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and the coin’s weight and fineness.
The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2014 year-date.
No more than 5,000 of the 2014 American Bald Eagle 1oz Silver High Relief Coin will be released.