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2009 (MMIX) Ultra High Relief Double Eagle BU (w/Box and COA)

2009 (MMIX) Ultra High Relief Double Eagle BU (w/Box and COA)

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Issued in 2009 by the U.S. Mint for the 21st century collector, comes a modernized version of the original 1907 $20 high relief Saint-Gaudens. Struck in ultra high relief with a proof mirror-like finish, on a 27 mm 1 oz .9999 fine Gold planchet.

Coin Highlights:
  • Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
  • Struck on a 4 mm thick planchet in Ultra High Relief.
  • Housed in the original mahogany box with a certificate of authenticity as issued from the U.S. Mint.
  • Worldwide mintage of 114,427 coins.
  • Eligible for Precious Metals IRAs.
  • Obverse: Shows Lady Liberty striding in front of the sun's rays with a fiery torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left.
  • Reverse: Features a majestic bald eagle in flight with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "TWENTY DOLLARS" above and "IN GOD WE TRUST" below.
  • Guaranteed by the U.S. Mint.

Protect your Ultra High Relief Double Eagle coin by adding a pack of these cotton gloves or dehumidifier crystals to your order.

Technological advances enabled the U.S. Mint to realize the previously unattainable goal of making the coin accessible to all Americans. Enhance your collection by adding this 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle coin to your cart today!

Modern Technology
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.

Additionally, a small border was added for a more consistent edge. The 2009 coin will be made of 24-karat gold. Pure 24-karat gold is much more malleable than 22-karat or 90% gold coins, making it better material for striking the ultra high relief.

The History
The original design itself was first shown to President Theodore Roosevelt in December 1906. At the time, Roosevelt ordered the mint to produce experimental examples exactly following the artist’s models. Mint engraver Charles Barber took his job seriously, and although he and Saint-Gaudens despised one another personally, Barber had considerable respect for the sculptor’s artistic talent and reputation. To a remarkable extent, this was accomplished by Barber during the first week of January 1907, with considerable assistance from Henri Weil. The two not only prepared hubs for a normal 32-millimeter diameter Double Eagle, but another set for the 27-millimeter specimen – the size of the current $10 Gold Eagle.

Experimental pieces in both diameters were intended to determine how many blows it took to fully express Saint-Gaudens’ high relief design. Everyone, including Saint-Gaudens, knew that a coin with such high relief could not be struck with one blow from a normal press, but no one knew how many it would take. Barber hoped that the small-diameter pieces would allow more of the force from the press to concentrate and result in fully struck coins with fewer blows. During the second week of February, small-diameter pieces were struck, although we do not know how many blows it took. Each coin was 27 millimeters in diameter but contained the same Gold as a $20 coin. The result was a small, very thick coin with a decided “lump-like” feel.

As was common, mint Director George Roberts took a couple of specimens of normal and small diameter experimental pieces back to Washington. He gave one pair to mint Auditor (and former Director) Robert Preston, and kept one pair for himself after showing the pieces to the president. About a year later, new mint Director Frank Leach learned about the EHR experimental small-diameter pieces from mint collection curator T. Louis Comparette. The curator, who had no expertise in experimental coinage or law, convinced Leach that the small-diameter $20 pieces were illegal. This information led Leach to demand the return and destruction of all fifteen pieces. The last one to be returned was reluctantly surrendered by Charles Barber! (Barber had eight EHR Double Eagles in his personal collection when he died.) With all 15 accounted for, Leach permitted two examples to be kept for the mint collection; the rest were melted.

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Posted By:JVA??

From:Singapore

Date:Sep 23, 2020

Ultra high relief double eagle

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It’s always been my dream to acquire 2009 ultra high relief double eagle. It was also my first order at Apmex hence its my test run in procuring from USA . Lesson learned i should have read again the rules at Singapore customs that certain type of precious metal is subject to 7% GST. I have no regrets i am happy in terms of packaging and also the coin itself is fantastic. The box also is in excellent condition


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Cons
  • Hard to Sell
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:PE

From:Bow, WY

Date:Aug 3, 2020

Ultimate Coin

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A fabulous work of gold art, and still accessible to the people--incredible. It still amazes me that these come up for sale 11yrs after they were minted--unbelievable.


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Tom Jones

From:Wisconsin

Date:Mar 19, 2020

Nice coin

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Nice coin for the lady liberty collection. Smaller than the other ladies but attractive. Came with the us mint wooden box and certificate. The coin holder insert and the box itself has hidden magnets to prop up the coin for displaying. It’s a nice design. Obviously was a used/previously owned set. Box was scuffed up but that’s just superficial I guess. Thanks APMEX for another cool coin.


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:LT

From:ID

Date:Jan 4, 2020

Beautiful Coin With All Original Packaging

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A beautiful coin that came with all the original US Mint packaging, including COA, case, boxes and BOOK. The shipment got here in two days- way fast. Happy with all aspects of this purchase. Will be using APMEX again with no hesitation.


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Vic

From:Chula Vista, CA

Date:Jun 4, 2018

Awesome coin...

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This is a beautiful piece of art that belongs in every collection. I just can’t believe there are still some around for sale given the one year mintage. Get them while you can.


  • Pros
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Jason Bourne

From:Ann Arbor, MI

Date:May 9, 2017

This is the one coin I will never give up

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I recently received my very first purchase/order from APMEX. The 2009 Double Eagle UHR (non-slab, w/ box and COA package) is, without any doubt the most beautiful coin I have ever laid my eyes on. This awesome coin has deep, deep mirror fields on obverse and reverse. No matte finish anywhere to be found, edges clean - which I did not expect. I preferred to ungraded coin/package because I have no intent of ever selling this coin. APMEX fully met and exceeded my expectation, and I was a little unsure of making such a big investment for the first purchase with them. Thank you, APMEX for coming through on selling me such an exceptional work of art that I will cherish for the rest of my life.


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Attractive Design
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Easy to Sell
  • Mint Condition
  • Recognized Brand
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Posted By:Bob

From:Sparks, Nevada

Date:Feb 25, 2017

Missing the book

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Nice coin, box and COA, but did not contain the book. Had to order the book separately from AMPEX for another $14.95 plus $9.95 shipping. Bummer


  • Cons
  • Hard to Sell
  • Poor Condition
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

Merchant response: Thank you for your feedback. The item listing was clearly advertised to come with a box and certificate of authenticity, and not a book.

Posted By:Desert Diplomat

From:Japan

Date:Dec 13, 2014

Fantastic coin, but . . .

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The coin is magnificent.


  • Pros
  • Value (low premium over spot)
  • Recognized Brand
  • Attractive Design
  • Mint Condition
  • Collectible (lower mintage)
  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

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From:TX

Date:Nov 7, 2010

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If you get only one gold coin in your lifetime, this is the one. You will never regret it from the coin to the packaging.


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  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

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From:NC

Date:Jul 31, 2010

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This was my first gold coin and it's a beauty! I like the book, COA, the box, and the coin itself. All that stuff makes for bulky packaging but the packaging is first class. The US Mint got this coin right.


  • Bottom Line
  • Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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