High Relief Gold Double Eagle Images
The United States Mint will
reveal the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle
Gold Coin at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® this
week, but excited collectors don’t need to wait
to see what the gold piece looks like. The U.S.
Mint has provided high resolution images of the
coin’s obverse, reverse and edge.
While highlighting the beauty of
the 1907 Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ $20 Double
Eagle liberty design, the coin photos makes the
width of the gold piece immediately apparent. In
piedfort like style, the $20 gold coin is about
50% thicker than other US Mint one-ounce gold
According to the Mint:
Through 21st century technology and the vision
of Director Ed Moy, original Saint-Gaudens coin
plasters were digitally mapped by the United
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
Sales of the 24-karat gold coin will begin early
next year. Coin collectors need not worry about
limited mintages, as none will be in place.
However, the gold pieces will be issued only in
Later in 2010, palladium versions of the famous
design will be minted and issued if the Original
Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Ultra-High Relief
Palladium Bullion Coin Act becomes law.