Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin

Double Eagle Gold Coins
  • Year of Issue: 2009

Background

The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin shows the Nation and the world the very best the United States Mint has to offer. The 21st century vision of the United States Mint, combined with technological advances, enabled the United States Mint to realize the previously unattainable goal of making the coin accessible to all Americans.

Through 21st century technology and the vision of Director Ed Moy, original Saint-Gaudens coin plasters were digitally mapped by the United States Mint. Using the digital design and die-making process, the Saint-Gaudens sculpture—in ultra high relief—has been 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. The 2009 coin will be made of 24-karat gold. Pure 24-karat gold is much more malleable than 22-karat or 90% gold coins, making it better material for striking the ultra high relief.

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Coin Characteristics

Obverse: Saint-Gaudens' Liberty, personified by a statuesque woman striding powerfully forward. Liberty is leading the way with a torch in her front hand and an olive branch in the back hand. The United States Capitol dome is also depicted in the background.

Reverse: A young eagle flying during a sunrise is depicted on the reverse. The motto, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is on the edge of the coin, allowing a cleaner design on the obverse and reverse.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • LIBERTY
  • MMIX

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • TWENTY DOLLARS
  • IN GOD WE TRUST

Incused (edge) Inscriptions

  • E PLURIBUS UNUM

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

  • Designer: Augustus Saint- Gaudens
Content last reviewed October 24, 2016

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