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2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin Online Exhibit

Showcase with the United States Mint Logo which displays a pencil sketch of an early design idea by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, an image of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the final plaster of the sculpture that was used in1907 for test specimens, and the digital mapped plasters.
Click on the items in the case for a close-up image. Digitally mapped molds based on thefinal plaster of the sculpture that was used in1907 for test specimens. Digitally mapped molds based on the final plaster of the sculpture that was used in 1907 for test specimens. A pencil sketch of an early design idea by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Image of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Final plaster of the sculpture that was used in 1907 for test specimens.

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.

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