Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle

In January 2009, the United States Mint will release what has been called the “Nation’s most beautiful coin.” This is Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle. The coin was originally designed for the

The Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle was a coin originally designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens for the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin. Unfortunately, the technology of his era did not allow a coin of such high relief to be mass produced. As a result, a lower relief version was used. With modern technology, Saint Gaudens’ artistic vision can finally be realized.

There will be several notable alterations to the the classic design. The obverse of the coin will carry the Roman Numeral date MMIX for 2009 and the number of stars will be increased from 46 to 50. The reverse of the coin will have the motto “In God We Trust” added between the sun and its rays. Coins will be struck on .9999 fine gold with a diameter of 27 millimeters and thickness of 4 millimeters.

The Mint’s intention to recreate the coin was first mentioned on March 13, 2008. The announcement was positively reveiced by coin collectors and buzz for the new offering started to build. On July 30, 2008 the designs were revealed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. Recently on November 24, 2008 the first coins were struck at the West Point Mint.

The coins are expected to be available for sale to the public in January 2009. The exact date, as well as the pricing and ordering information have not yet been announced. Images of the coin appear below!

Ultra High Relief Obverse

Ultra High Relief Gold Reverse

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