Exclusive Dual Signed 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin
88 is a lucky number in Asia … and 88 could be your lucky number too—it is the maximum number of Ultra High Relief Double Eagle gold coins with accompanying documentation double-signed by Edmund C. Moy, the 38th Director of the United States Mint. In March 2008, at the Artistic Infusion Program Symposium in Philadelphia, Ed Moy said that his “focus was achieving design excellence — consistently beautiful coins that are the highest expression of American heritage.” And that same month, a U.S. Mint press release revealed plans to recreate the Ultra High Relief Double Eagle ($20 face value) gold coin— America’s most beautiful coin. The Ultra High Relief Double Eagle was originally created in 1907 by America’s greatest sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to fulfill President Theodore Roosevelt’s desire to produce coins as beautiful as those created in ancient Greece. But the relief (height) of the design made it impossible to produce these coins in the regular size (34mm). Frank Leach, Director of the Mint tried another approach: "There were some who thought that by reducing the diameter of the piece to 27mm, about the size of a 'checker,' with a corresponding increase in the thickness, the much desired high relief might be struck on the ordinary coin press; accordingly dies were made and several pieces struck, when it was discovered that the coinage act, passed in 1890, prohibited the change of the diameter of any coin. Thirteen pieces were struck from this small die for the thick or checker pieces, but with the exception of two coins placed in the cabinet or collection of coins at the Philadelphia mint, all of these pieces were melted and destroyed.” And so just two 27mm examples (weighing 1.075 oz. of .900 fine gold) of Saint-Gaudens’ magnificent High Relief Double Eagle gold coins existed until--under the impetus of Mint Director Edmund C. Moy--the dream of Augustus Saint-Gaudens and President Theodore Roosevelt was finally realized. In 2009, the United States Mint at last produced the “checker” sized Ultra Hi Relief Double Eagle gold coins weighing a full 1 oz. of .9999 fine gold. Ed Moy said that the release of the Ultra High Relief in 2009 was a “defining moment in American coinage.” The Ultra High Relief Double Eagle gold coin went on sale January 22, 2009 and sales were officially concluded on December 31, 2009. The last reported sales figure was 115,178. This was a one-year issue, and a must-have for every collector of United States coins. The Ultra High Relief gold coins are no longer available from the U.S. Mint, and collectors must buy them on the secondary market—when available. All of the Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coins are desirable … but just 88 pieces will have special historic significance. Morgan Gold has sold hundreds of these coins over the past few years to collectors and investors—but we are very pleased to now offer the very special Double-Signed limited edition. Only 88 out of 115,178 Ultra High Relief Gold Coins will have accompanying documentation double-signed by Edmund C. Moy, the 38th Director of the United States Mint. Moy--who authorized them and guided these exquisite gold coins through production-- will sign both the official Certificate of Authenticity and the handsome hard-cover fully illustrated book “2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin.” Morgan Gold is extremely pleased to be the exclusive distributor of these 88 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle gold coins accompanied by double-signed documentation. Each coin is in original Gem Brilliant Uncirculated condition—as issued—and will be the highlight of your collection or investment portfolio. They will be sold on a strict first come-first served basis.