2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin Online Exhibit
Case 2: The Plaster
SAINT-GAUDENS’ MASTERPIECE: THE 1907 DOUBLE EAGLE GOLD COIN
To the left is a pencil sketch of an early design idea by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. To the right is the final plaster of the sculpture that was used in1907 for test specimens and is now being used by the United States Mint in the creation of the 2009 coin.
Through 21st century technology, original Saint-Gaudens’ coin plasters were digitally mapped. Using the digital design and die-making process, the ultra high relief sculpture was updated to reflect the year 2009, an additional four stars to represent the current 50 states, and the inscription “In God We Trust,” which was not on the 1907 version. Additionally, a small border was added for a more consistent edge.