In 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt reached out to Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a renowned artist, to help lead a revival of American coin design. Roosevelt wanted the nation's currency to reflect its growing status and be uniquely American in the process.
Saint-Gaudens had a new design completed by 1907 that would be used on the $10 Gold Eagle and $20 Gold Double Eagle. His depiction of Liberty striding forth from the nation's capital represented the brightness and potential of American growth. The reverse included the iconic American bald eagle.
Unfortunately for Saint-Gaudens, he would not live long enough to see his coin design come to life, passing away from illness just months before the coins went into production at the US Mint and entered circulation.
The 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle coin from the United States Mint was struck not to bring back Saint-Gaudens iconic design, but rather to bring it to life in the manner he originally intended. Saint-Gaudens's original designs in 1907 called for a high-relief striking, but the US Mint lacked the proper technology at the time to bring his vision to life.
On the obverse of the 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle is the image of Lady Liberty as she strides confidently forth from the nation's capital. Engravings include the word Liberty and the year 2009 in the Roman numerals MMIX. There are also 50 stars surrounding Liberty's image.
The reverse includes the American bald eagle as it flies over the rising sun, its outstretched rays streaking toward the edges of the coin. The nation of issue, face value, and the national motto of In God We Trust are all engraved on this side.
Each 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle in this listing arrives in the original mahogany box from the United States Mint for perfect display and includes a Certificate of Authenticity to validate your purchase.