Ultra High Relief Special Label and Submission Instructions

Posted on 1/20/2009

Preview NGC's special label and submission guidance for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle.

2009 Ultra High Relief NGC MS69
A rendering of the 2009 Ultra
High Relief Double Eagle certified
and encapsulated by NGC.

NGC will be using a new label for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle. This new label and EdgeView® holder are automatically used for all submissions of these coins and do not require special request. The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagles must be submitted to NGC using the Modern Special Tier. The NGC Collectors Society service fee per coin can be found on the Services and Fees schedule. The approximate turnaround time is 12 working days.

The 2009 Ultra High Relief replicates an original design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. In 1907, Saint-Gaudens was commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt to create designs for US coinage. His proposal for the $20 gold piece showed Liberty striding forward on obverse and a soaring eagle on reverse – both rendered in extremely high relief. Production of the coins proved unduly laborious, and ultimately the high relief design was abandoned. Today, new minting technology is employed to overcome this challenge, and according to the US Mint, “This coin promises to fulfill Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ vision of an ultra high relief coin that could not be realized in 1907 with his legendary Double Eagle liberty design.”

NGC similarly honors Saint-Gaudens’ artistic vision with a label that recognizes his central role. The label for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle features an enlarged rendering of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ monogram as it appears on the coin. The label’s background displays a textured, brushed gold pattern. This label is used for all 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagles certified by NGC, including Early Releases designated examples.

All 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagles submitted within the first 30-days of release are eligible for the Early Releases designation. The Early Releases cutoff date will be posted on NGC Web site as soon as the coin is released from the US Mint. Submitters requesting the Early Releases designation should note this request on their submission form, and no additional service fee is assessed for the Early Releases designation. All submissions of 2009 Ultra High Reliefs must be sent using the Early Bird tier or higher. This Ultra High Relief label is included and requires no additional service fee. Submitters should not include any Mint packaging with their submission, and Mint packaging is not returned by NGC.

NGC does recommend that coins be sent to NGC in US Mint capsules for safe transport. No fee is assessed for the removal of coins from US Mint capsules.

Questions can be directed to NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or by phone at 1-800-NGC-COIN (642-2646).

Stay Informed

Want news like this delivered to your inbox once a month? Subscribe to the free NGC eNewsletter today!


You've been subscribed to the NGC eNewsletter.

Unable to subscribe to our eNewsletter. Please try again later.

Articles List

Add Coin

Join NGC for free to add coins, track your collection and participate in the NGC Registry. Learn more >

Join NGC

Already a member? Sign In