PCGS Grades First 2009 UHR $20 Gold MS70
The first new
2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin
was certified by Professional Coin Grading
Service (PCGS) on Friday, February 13. It was
graded Mint State 70.
"We were thrilled to examine the first submitted
example of this eagerly anticipated modern
masterpiece. It's one of the finest designs ever
created for United States coinage and a
testament to the excellence of the United States
Mint," said Don Willis, President of PCGS, a
division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:
The coin was submitted by collector Charles Camp
of Savannah, Georgia who said he was thrilled
with the certification: "I've always been a big
admirer of PCGS, and I think it's a great
In addition to the MS70 grade, the coin was
given a First-Strike® designation by PCGS and
encapsulated in the company's proprietary TriVue™
holder. This coin series is now being added to
the PCGS Population Report reference guide, and
a video of PCGS and other leading numismatic
experts commenting on the coin can be found
online at www.PCGS.com.
"The TriVue"TM holder not only provides
long-term storage protection, it allows the
coin's obverse, reverse and edges to be easily
seen. With the PCGS certification of
authenticity and grade, the value could
dramatically increase over an ungraded, ‘raw'
coin," said Willis.
The design of the 24-karat, one-ounce Ultra High
Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin is based on the
famous and popular Double Eagle ($20
denomination) created by renowned sculptor
"The original 1907 Double Eagle is considered by
many to be the most beautiful coin ever produced
by the United States. Despite Saint-Gaudens'
artistic masterpiece, the minting process at the
time did not allow for mass production of ultra
high relief coins, and his artistic vision was
never fully realized," according to the Mint.
The 2009 version has a similar obverse to the
1907-dated coins with Liberty personified by a
woman striding forward and a young eagle flying
during sunrise on the reverse. But there are
distinct differences: four stars were added to
the design to represent the states added to the
union since 1907 and the inscription IN GOD WE
TRUST has been added along with a small border
in the design. And of course, the date in Roman
numerals, MMIX, is 2009.
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and services, contact PCGS Customer Service at
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