90% & 40% US Silver Coins. However, pure 24-karat (99.99%) gold is much more malleable than 22-karat (90%) gold coins, thus making it a better material for striking the ultra high relief. The coin is a uniquely American artistic expression-created by an American sculptor and crafted by an iconic American institution. The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin illustrates to the Nation and the world the very best the United States Mint has to offer. Through 21st century technology and the vision of Director Ed Moy, original Saint-Gaudens coin plasters were digitally mapped by the United States Mint.
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. Despite Saint-Gaudens' artistic masterpiece, the minting process of the day was not conducive to high relief coins, which he and Roosevelt specifically desired.
As a result, despite being considered one of the most beautiful gold pieces ever minted, Saint-Gaudens' full vision for the production of an ultra high relief coin was never realized. The obverse features Lady Liberty, personified by a statuesque woman striding powerfully forward. Liberty's robe harkens back to our roots as a republic based on the ideals of ancient Greece and Rome. Liberty is leading the way with a torch in her front hand and an olive branch in the back hand.This design underscores that liberty is central to the American spirit, is beautiful and attractive to all, and wherever Liberty goes, inspired by enlightenment, peace follows. The United States Capitol dome is also depicted in the background, meaning that through representative democracy, liberty has been fully achieved in America, strengthening her position to go forth throughout the world. The reverse displays a young eagle flying during a sunrise with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "TWENTY DOLLARS" above and "IN GOD WE TRUST" below. This is America, young and strong, in its ascendancy with a bright future before it. The motto, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is on the edge of the coin, allowing a cleaner design on the obverse and reverse.
These stylistic elements represented the visual embodiment of America and made it the definitive American coin. Like all of our other gold coins, this one is guaranteed to be 100% authentic.
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We do not offer or make price adjustments based on the market fluctuations of precious metals, or for any other reason. The item "2009 1 oz $20 Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle NGC MS 69" is in sale since Wednesday, December 14, 2016. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Bullion\Gold\Coins".exchanges" and is located in New York, New York.This item can be shipped to United States.