Double Eagle Gold Coin Brochures Mailed, Coin Sales Begin
Jan. 22 Jan 20th, 2009
through snail mail are 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle
Gold Coin brochures from the US Mint to collectors. The mailer
is complete with coin images, design details, coin strike
accounts and a historical background touching the 1907 $20
gold piece — the master template for the digitally reproduced
and minted 2009 Double Eagle coin.
Without a doubt, the Mint wants these one-year-only
gold coins to have an unparalleled impact with collectors.
The 4-1/4" by 7" brochure unfolds to ten full panels
(five front and back) and is dedicated to describing only
the gold piece, making it one of the most comprehensive single
product mailers the Mint has ever sent.
The Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ designed 1907 $20 Double
Eagle has often been described as "the most beautiful
coin ever minted." The 21st century version goes on sale
Thursday, January 22, at 12:00 noon (ET).(See Mint Ultra High
Although no mintage limits have been placed on the new coins,
the Mint’s brochure was careful to highlight that they
would be "produced subject to the gold blank availability
throughout the worldwide market."
2008 collectors are all too familiar with the sudden inability
to purchase silver, gold or platinum coins brought about by
volatile bullion movements and high demand. Those not so found
memories will likely stir everyone who want the coins to buy
Coin specifications and price
The 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin weighs 1.001
Troy ounces (31.109g) and is struck from 24-karat, .9999 fine
gold. Its condition is listed as "Business Strike"
with a 27-millimeter diameter and 4-millimeter thickness.
The piedfort style design makes them
more than 50 percent thicker than other United States Mint
one-ounce 24-karat gold coins.
A price has not yet been officially announced. The Mint’s
new pricing policy can result in numismatic gold and platinum
coin prices changing every Thursday, as sales values are primarily
based on a weekly review of London Fix averages. Unless there
is a huge upswing in gold by Wednesday morning, Mint coin
pricing tables indicate the initial double eagle price tag
should be $1,189.00, plus shipping and handing.
At noon (ET) on Thursday, the coins will be available through
the Mint’s online website or via their toll-free number,
Extras with the 2009 $20 Double Eagle
addition to describing the 2009 $20 gold piece, the Mint’s
brochure has two pages discussing the packaging and an included
companion book for each coin.
The Mint appears to have spared no expense in either the
booklet or the packaging, and whether collectors like it or
not, those extras raise the overall purchase price of the
$20 Double Eagle.
On the flip side, most buyers from any world mint expect
to receive more than a coin in a plastic holder for their
money — even for $30 purchases, let alone something
that is valued at more than $1,100.
The packaging consists of a mahogany wooden box finished
in high-gloss lacquer, a velvet lining and a wood platform
where the coin rests for easy viewing.
The "high-quality hard-bound" companion book chronicles
the 1907 Double Eagle story through to the minting of the
modern $20 gold piece.