Coin Specifications

Category: Gold Buffaloes & Gold High Reliefs
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 115,178
Catalog: KM-464
Reverse Designer: Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Composition: Gold
Fineness: 0.9990
Weight: 31.1g
AGW: 1oz
Melt Value: $1295.70 (4/29/2016)
Diameter: 27mm
Edge: Lettered
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/22/2016

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2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS
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2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS Prooflike
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 18376
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 69
High Grade: 70


Upcoming Auctions

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5/1/2016 MS 70  Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1234/Lot# 5518
5/1/2016 MS 70  Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1234/Lot# 5520
5/1/2016 MS 69   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 9315
5/1/2016 MS 69  Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(4), 1234/Lot# 5517


Auction Prices Realized

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9/19/2010 PCGS MS 70   Goldberg $2,243.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(8), 1166/Lot# 7537 $3,576.50
6/3/2013 NGC MS 69   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20971/Lot# 2484 $2,340.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 70   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1189/Lot# 6043 $3,299.40
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 70   Prooflike Teletrade Auction 3449, 3449/Lot# 2391 $4,400.00
2/2/2014 NGC MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 149708 $2,863.30
2/9/2014 NGC MS 70   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 847 $2,600.00
5/4/2014 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/04/2014, 169/Lot# 191318 $2,145.00
8/8/2014 PCGS MS 70   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3370 $2,350.00
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 70   Prooflike GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 219738 $5,100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS
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Base2006202720492072209421162127213921452150215621612169216921832240224722542274233526482905
2013203420562079210121192131214121462152215721632169217322022242224922602294243927330
0000002131214121462152215721632169217322022242224922602294243900
0000002135214321482154215921662169217822212244225122672314254300
2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2027204920712093211521382149216121672172217921842191219021972254226122682295235529003730
2034205620782100212221412153216321682174218021862191219222162256226322772315253631760
0000002153216321682174218021862191219222162256226322772315253600
0000002157216521702176218221882191219422352258226522862335271800
2009 ULTRA HIGH G$20 MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2182220522282252227522992311232323302335234223472355235423622421242924362465252831024178
2189221222362259228323032315232523312337234323492355235623812423243124452486271934600
0000002315232523312337234323492355235623812423243124452486271900
0000002319232723332339234523522355235924012426243324552507291000
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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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