Peter (eagle)

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Peter the eagle

Peter was a bald eagle who lived at the Philadelphia Mint from c. 1830 until 1836. He became well known after a while and was let out of the Mint each night to fly around the city of Philadelphia. While perched on a coining press one day, the press suddenly started, and Peter's wing was badly injured. Shortly after all attempts to save and heal him, he died, in the mint.[1] His stuffed body is now on display at the mint.[2]

Peter is said to have been the model for the image of an eagle on the silver dollars issued from 1836 to 1839.[3]


  1. ^ Johnston, Elizabeth Bryant (2009). A Visit to the Cabinet of the United States Mint, at Philadelphia. BiblioBazaar. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-110-27550-2. 
  2. ^ Marion, John Francis (1974). Bicentennial city: walking tours of historic Philadelphia. Pyne Press. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-87861-066-2. 
  3. ^ Maestro, Betsy (1993). The story of money. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-395-56242-0.