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    2017-W 1 oz High Relief 225th Anniversary American Liberty Gold Coin (Box + CoA)

    2017 marks the 225th anniversary of the founding of the United States Mint, and the mint is celebrating with a brand-new 24-karat gold coin featuring Liberty as she has not been portrayed to date on an American coin. Like many other American coins, Liberty and the bald eagle represent the nation on this gold coin, but at the same time this is an all-new concept for America... Read More

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    2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle Coin (Capsule Only)

    America’s greatest gold coin design is arguably the 1907 vision of Lady Liberty created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Commissioned directly by President Theodore Roosevelt, Saint-Gaudens was actually charged with creating several designs for the US Mint starting in 1905, though his most famous designs would be the 1907 Eagle and 1907 Double Eagle images of Liberty. In 2009,... Read More

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    2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle Coin PCGS MS69 (Varied Label)

    Introduced in 1907, the Saint-Gaudens Lady Liberty image is one of the most popular in American coining history. The image was first used on the $20 Double Eagle Gold Coin by the United States Mint from 1907 to 1933. In 1986, it was revived by the US Mint for the American Gold Eagle bullion coin. In 2009, the United States Mint finally struck the Lady Liberty design the wa... Read More

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    2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle Coin NGC MS69 (Varied Label)

    More than a century after his original design was introduced on the Gold Double Eagle in 1907, Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ visionary design of Lady Liberty finally appeared as he intended in on a 2009 Ultra High Relief gold coin from the US Mint. Right now, those 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion in near-perfect c... Read More

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    2015-W 1 oz American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin MS70 (Varied Label, PCGS or NGC)

    In 2015, the United States Mint issued one of the newest images of Liberty featured on any American coin in several decades. Created by members of the US Mint Artistic Infusion Program, the Liberty and Eagle images on these coins were struck in high relief and came with a $100 face value, the first gold coin from the US Mint with a $100 face value. Right now, 2015-W 1 oz A... Read More

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    2019-W 1 oz American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin SP69 (PCGS or NGC, Varied Label)

    The American Liberty Series was launched by the United States Mint in 2017. Initially, the program honored the 225th anniversary of the founding of the US Mint, but it has continued as a vehicle for representing the concept of Liberty through a variety of different designs. Right now, 2019-W 1 oz American Liberty High Relief Gold Coins in near-perfect condition are availab... Read More

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    Ultra High Relief American Gold Eagle Coins for Investment

    It took just one man and one coin to change the course of American coining history for the better. Disappointed with the lackluster state of affairs in American coin design, President Theodore Roosevelt set out on a campaign to overhaul the design features commonly used on American coins. To achieve his goal, he selected artist and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to help try and change history. The $20 Gold Double Eagle Coin Saint-Gaudens designed is still considered the most beautiful coin design in the nation’s history, and the United States Mint was finally able to realize his full vision for the coin in 2009 with the release of the Ultra High-Relief Gold Eagle.

    Background Story

    In 1905, President Roosevelt asked an aging Saint-Gaudens to help him in his quest to redesign the face of American coins. The creation that Saint-Gaudens came up with was originally intended to be struck in a high-relief version, where the images of Lady Liberty and the bald eagle on the reverse would appear raised above the background fields of the coin.

    However, a number of issues prevent Saint-Gaudens’ dream from being realized. For starters, the United States Mint lacked the technology at that time to fully realize the high-relief vision of Saint-Gaudens. Those coins that could be struck in high relief required 11 strikes from the coining press just to get the images into high relief, and the coins were inconvenient in that relief for packaging and shipping.

    Eventually, the US Mint struck the coins in low relief, but Saint-Gaudens passed away in late 1907 before his design ever made it into circulation. His stunning image was used on the $20 Gold Double Eagle, known to many today as the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle, from 1907 to 1933.

    The original coin underwent a few changes to Saint-Gaudens’ original design. For starters, the original coins featured a date mark in Roman numerals. Starting in 1908, the Roman numerals were replaced with Arabic numerals for the date mark. After 1908 coins were struck, Congress passed legislation mandating the addition of the motto “In God We Trust” to the reverse side of the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle. In 1912, another minor design change had to be made to recognize the addition of Arizona and New Mexico to the Union.

    Saint-Gaudens’ Vision Comes to Life

    In 2009, the United States Mint brought Saint-Gaudens’ original vision for the Gold Double Eagle to life by releasing an Ultra High-Relief Gold Double Eagle coin. Each of the coins was struck with 1 oz of .9999 pure gold and issued a face value of $20 (USD) that was fully backed by the federal government.

    The US Mint originally announced an unlimited mintage would be in place for these coins. As long as demand existed, the Mint would strike these stunning coins. Each coin was 4mm deep and struck under great pressure to bring the ultra high-relief finish to life on the surface of the coin. Viewed from various angles, the design sets on both sides appear to rise up slightly from the concave background fields that sink away from around the image.

    In September 2009, the US Mint removed its one coin per person ordering restriction, which helped boost final mintage for the coins to 115,178 in total. The design features of the new Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle had a few minor variations on the original image created in 1907 and modified in subsequent years during its original circulation run.

    Design Features of the Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle

    On the obverse side of the coin is Saint-Gaudens’ depiction of Lady Liberty. In his vision, Lady Liberty is featured striding confidently forward out of the setting sun. The nation’s capital of Washington D.C. is visible at her feet, and she holds a torch aloft in her right hand as a guiding light while she directs the nation to a brighter future. The olive branch in her left hand signifies America’s desire for peace.

    In the original image, Liberty is surrounded by 46 stars representing the states in the Union at the time Saint-Gaudens’ designed the coin. As mentioned earlier, two stars were added to the coin in 1912 with the admittance of Arizona and New Mexico to the Union. For the 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle, two more stars were added to represent the addition of Alaska and Hawaii to the Union in the years following World War II.

    Instead of placing these stars on the coin’s concave surface, the US Mint put all 50 stars around the coin’s 4mm-deep edge. Another subtle change was the use of Roman numerals, as originally intended by Saint-Gaudens, rather than Arabic numerals for the date mark. “MMIX” is visible on the coin’s obverse side.

    The image on the reverse side of the coin remains unchanged from that adopted by the United States Mint on the original Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle in 1908. Along the bottom of the coin, the sun can still be seen rising over the horizon, with the motto “In God We Trust” along its edge. A bald eagle flies majestically over the rising sun, with the engravings “United States of America” and “Twenty Dollars” above the eagle.

    Certified Ultra High Relief Gold Eagles

    There are a number of brilliant uncirculated and certified Ultra High Relief Gold Eagles available for purchase on JM Bullion. Certified Gold Coins that have been graded by either the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation or Professional Coin Grading Service are considered certified coins because their condition has been verified by some of the finest coin graders in the world.

    Purchasing Ultra High Relief Gold Eagles from JM Bullion

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