The United States Mint has provided the final reported sales figure for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin. The increased pace of orders during the final days of availability helped to push the final total to 115,178.
The coin recreates Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Ultra High Relief $20 Gold Coin and was viewed as one of the highlights of the US Mint’s 2009 product offerings. The one ounce 24 karat gold coin fulfills the artist’s vision that could not be realized in his time and showcases the advances in technology and craftsmanship of the United States Mint.
The 2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Coin was first offered by the US Mint on January 22, 2009. A rush of orders from customers propelled sales above 40,000 within the first five days. When sales began, the coins were priced at $1,189 and limited to one per household.
Following the initial rush of orders, the pace of sales declined to a moderate, but steady pace. It took until March 2009 for sales to exceed 50,000. Th pace of sales was no doubt influenced by the one per household ordering limit. The US Mint imposed and retained this limit in order to ensure the broadest possible distribution to the public.
The US Mint finally increased the household limit on July 27, 2009, opening the door to bulk orders from collectors and dealers. By this time, total sales had reach 70,000. A few weeks after the ordering limit was increased, sales rose above the 80,000 level.
In the ensuing months, the Mint raised the ordering limit once again, before removing it completely. On October 18, 2009, sales of the Ultra High Relief Double Eagle exceeded 100,000.
In early December, the US Mint announced the official end of sales on December 31, 2009. Orders placed during the month of December rose into the closing days, as collectors and dealers took the final opportunity to purchase the historic coin. The price of the coin when last available was $1,489, reflecting the increaes in the value of gold during the year.
The final sales figure of 115,178 represents unaudited sales data and remains subject to final adjustments.