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17 Jun 2020

Peter Jefferson Eagle- part 2

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Funny thing happened this morning.....before I wrote the blog on Peter the Eagle, my wife happened to send me this without any knowledge that i was going to be inspired to write about Peter. She knows about my interest in him..... She sent me a video on Youtube about him. The video originated from CBS channel 3 from Philly. It appears to have been done just before the NFL Eagles started a season. I don't know the date of broadcast. Some of the history reported conflicts with all I have ever read about Peter, but that's fake news for ya.... In any event, it was an enjoyable video and what a surprise for me that she sent it. What a coincidence!https://youtu.be/HrQvT5XvblM

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17 Jun 2020

Peter Jefferson the Eagle; Interesting Historical Story

Coins-United States | I. R. Bama

Peter Jefferson was an eagle that actually lived IN the Philadelphia mint during the early to mid 1830's. Back then Eagles actually lived in Philadelphia as hard as that is to believe in today's world. Peter would be let out at night and he would return to the mint every day. He became sort of a pet and mascot. His likeness was used on a number of coins in a design by James Longacre, including one of my favorites to collect, the Flying Eagle Cent.Unfortunately, Peter had a sad fate. One day he he got his wing caught up in a press when it started up and he was badly injured. Despite the heroic efforts to try to help Peter heal by the mint workers, he did not recover from his injuries and died. It is apparent how beloved he was by the workers at the mint because in addition to being used as a model for the coins, his body was preserved as if he were flying is on display at the mint in Philadelphia today.

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