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In 2009, the US Mint decided to realize the original plans of Augustus Saint Gaudens to mint his gold double eagle coin in an ultra high relief. Originally, in 1907 the minting technology wasn’t available to accomplish Saint Gaudens original design plans. The Gold Double Eagle was minted from 1907 to 1933, making it one of the last US coins to contain 90% pure gold. Unlike these 2009 commemorative coins, the original contained less gold content; about .9675 troy ounces of pure gold. Both the original coins and the 2009 rendition both have a legal tender value of $20 US Dollars.
The "eagle", "half eagle", and "quarter eagle" were specifically given these names in the Act of Congress that originally authorized them. Likewise, the double eagle was specifically created as such by name.
This coin contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold. Struck on a 4 mm thick planchet in Ultra High Relief.
Lady Liberty who represents victory. She is holding a torch to symbolize enlightenment and an olive brand to represent peace. She is wearing a traditional gown and backed by sunrays and the United States Capitol. To her right is the minting year (2009) inscribed using Roman numerals.
A large eagle in flight. Below it is an image of the sun with rays protruding outwards.
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