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The United States Mint has chosen the Nation's largest coin show in Baltimore, Md. this summer to provide a Golden Moment for visitors, unveiling the much-anticipated 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin-a modern version of what many call the most beautiful gold piece ever created - the Double Eagle. The exhibit at the United States Mint booth will show the development of this modern masterpiece-from its origin as gold bars-through test strikes-to the finished, one-ounce 24-karat (.9999 pure) 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin.

Six bars of refined gold from the United States Mint at West Point will be featured as part of the exhibit. Each gold bar contains 400 ounces of gold and weighs 27.5 pounds.

United States Mint Director Ed Moy will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the American Numismatic Association's World's Fair of Money on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. ET and then officially open the United States Mint exhibit. The news media are welcome.

Aided by advancements in technology, the United States Mint now can produce, in quantity, the ultra high relief coin envisioned, but never fully realized, by renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907. The new collectible coin will be about 50 percent thicker than other United States Mint one-ounce gold coins to achieve the greater depth and relief to which Saint-Gaudens aspired. Visitors will be able to feel the ultra high relief on a plaster of the coin that will be featured at the exhibit.

The 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin exhibit will remain throughout the week at the United States Mint booth on the bourse floor at the World's Fair of Money. The 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin will be available for sale to the public early next year. There will be no mintage limit. The coins only will be issued in 2009. The new 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin will have the designation of a nominal denomination of $20, but the sales price will depend on prevailing world gold prices.

WHAT:

United States Mint Provides a Golden Moment, Unveiling the 2009 United States Mint Ultra High Relief Gold Coin Exhibit, Including Real Gold Bars

WHO:

United States Mint Director Ed Moy
ANA Executive Director Larry Shepherd & Former ANA Executive Directors

WHEN:

9:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, July 30, 2008 (Unveiling follows Opening Ceremony of the World's Fair of Money)

WHERE:

United States Mint Booth
World's Fair of Money
Baltimore Convention Center
One West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Contact: Press inquiries: Becky Bailey (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)



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