The United States Mint plans to raise the order limit for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin on August 31, 2009. The current limit of ten coins per household will be raised to twenty five coins per household.
The coin recreates the original ultra high relief 1907 Double Eagle Gold Coin as envisioned by artist Augustus Saint Gaudens. The technology of his era did not allow mass production of the coin as he intended. Modern technology allowed the US Mint to digitally map and reproduce the original coin plasters with miro alterations. The US Mint struck the coins in one ounce of 24 karat gold and first offered them for sale to the public on January 22, 2009.
The initial ordering limit was one coin per household, but the US Mint still managed to sell more than 40,000 coins during the first week of sales. The ordering limit was finally raised to ten coins per household on July 27, 2009. The Mint has now sold over 70,000 coins.
The new 25 coin per household limit will go into effect on August 31, 2009 at 12:00 Noon ET. The household limit will continue to be re-evaluated by the US Mint on a regular basis. It may extended, adjusted, or removed as necessary.