In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt personally met with Irish-born artist and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to ask for his help redesigning American gold coins. The image that Saint-Gaudens developed is today considered the most beautiful to ever appear on an American coin. However, it was never featured as Saint-Gaudens envisioned it in his mind. That is, not until now. The 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle Coin is now available for a limited time through Silver.com.
- Only 8,840 coins exist in this grade!
- Consists of one ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of $20 (USD) backed by the US government.
- Available with a perfect grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Features Saint-Gaudens’ iconic, original Gold Double Eagle design.
- Struck in ultra-high relief.
- Unique edge-of-coin engraving.
Saint-Gaudens originally designed his depiction of Lady Liberty for use on a high-relief coin, but in 1907 the United States Mint did not possess the technology to make his dream a reality. Using 24-karat gold, rather than the standard 22-karat gold of most US coins, the US Mint was able to strike an ultra-high relief coin that brings Liberty to life on the obverse side of the coin. The coin features a slightly concave face, and unique engraving along the coin’s edge that reads “E Pluribus Unum.”
The obverse side of each coin shows Lady Liberty striding confidently forward, with the rays of the setting sun visible behind her figure. In her right hand, a torch provides a guiding light for the nation, while an olive branch in her life symbolizes the quest for peace.
On the reverse side of the coin is Saint-Gaudens’ original eagle image. In this creation, a bald eagle is visible gliding over the sun as its rays stretch out toward the edges of the coin. The motto “In God We Trust” is engraved along the rim of the sun, while “United States of America” and “Twenty Dollars” are engraved above the majestic eagle.
Each coin in this product listing features a perfect Mint State 70 grade from the NGC. These coins have their full, original luster, no blemishes or detracting flaws, and come sealed in plastic packaging that includes a Saint-Gaudens Label which bears the artists image and signature.
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