Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Buffaloes & Gold High Reliefs
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 115,178
Catalog: KM-464
Obverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9990
Weight: 31.1035 g
AGW: 1.0000oz
Melt Value: $1135.30 (9/2/2015)
Diameter: 27mm
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2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS obverse 2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle was created to realize sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens original vision for the nation’s signature gold coin. Unfortunately, the coin’s design was not technologically feasible to strike for circulation in 1907. Using the original plaster models for the coins that were hand-sculpted by Saint-Gaudens himself, the mint created a masterpiece of modern coinage that still sells for a hefty premium even after being sold to demand in 2009.

The coin itself is struck in 24-karat gold, which is much more malleable than 22-karat gold, which allows for easier striking. The original design has been updated with an additional 4 stars representing the 4 states added since 1907, and the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST added above the sun on the reverse. Additionally, the coin was struck on a smaller diameter planchet (27 vs 34mm) to allow for a higher relief. Aside from those three changes, the coin represents the final realization of Augustus Saint Gauden’s gorgeous design.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2300 2300 2375 2375 2375 2375 2400 2450 2550 3350
2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2600 2600 2600 2600 2600 2650 2700 2750 3400 5500

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 17875
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


Upcoming Auctions

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9/20/2015 MS 69   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 8286


Auction Prices Realized

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4/15/2010 NGC MS 70   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 471, 477/Lot# 5882 $1,730.75
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 4927 $2,760.00
7/16/2012 PCGS MS 70   Teletrade Auction 3312, 3312/Lot# 3593 $2,700.00
2/3/2013 NGC MS 70   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 2104 $2,875.00
6/3/2013 NGC MS 69   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2484 $2,340.00
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 143843 $3,000.00
4/13/2014 PCGS MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 159213 $2,640.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 70   Prooflike GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 219738 $5,100.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 69   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1216/Lot# 12373 $1,997.50
1/4/2015 PCGS MS 69   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131502/Lot# 24537 $2,115.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 70   Prooflike Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 7106 $4,406.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2006202720492072209421162127213921452150215621612169216921832240224722542274233526482905
2013203420562079210121192131214121462152215721632169217322022242224922602294243927330
0000002131214121462152215721632169217322022242224922602294243900
0000002135214321482154215921662169217822212244225122672314254300
2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2027204920712093211521382149216121672172217921842191219021972254226122682295235529003730
2034205620782100212221412153216321682174218021862191219222162256226322772315253631760
0000002153216321682174218021862191219222162256226322772315253600
0000002157216521702176218221882191219422352258226522862335271800
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Grade: MS 70 PL
Points: 3730
Owner: J.D.A.
 
Grade: MS 70 PL
Points: 3730
Owner: K
 
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