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Peter the Eagle: The U.S. Mint’s Unofficial Pet Bird

Did you know that several US Coins patterned their Bald Eagle after an actual pet bird that hung around the U.S. Mint? Peter the Eagle was an unofficial employee of the Mint in Philadelphia from 1830-1836 and they immortalized their avian friend. In this episode, we talk about Ben Franklin, the Eagle/Turkey controversy in the decision to honor a "National Bird," and then play the quiz game with Comedian Jonathan Burns!