US Nickel Five-Cent Pieces

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In 2004 the US Mint began the Westward Journey Nickel Series in commemoration of the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.


OBVERSE: Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson - Type of 1938.

REVERSE of SPRING DESIGN: The design depicts the reverse of the Louisiana Purchase Medal commissioned for Lewis and Clark's expedition. As tokens of goodwill, such medals were given to Native American chiefs at treaty signings. One hand symbolizes the American government, another hand represents the Native American community. Designer: Norman E. Nemeth.

2004 Louisiana Purchase Nickel with Reverse of Spring Design

2004 Louisiana Purchase Nickel

REVERSE of FALL DESIGN: The design depicts the 55-foot keelboat with full sail that transported the expedition members and their provisions through the rivers of the Louisiana Territory in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Designer: Al Maletsky.

2004 Keelboat Nickel


OBVERSE: The design depicts a new likeness of America's third president Thomas Jefferson for the first time in 67 years. The "Liberty" inscription is based on Jefferson's own handwriting. Designers: Joe Fitzgerald, Don Everhart.

REVERSE of SPRING DESIGN: The design depicts an American Bison commemorating the American Indians and wildlife which the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered on the way. Designers: Jamie Franki, Norman E. Nemeth.

Reverse of Spring Design

Nickel Reverse Bison 2005

REVERSE of SUMMER/FALL DESIGN: The design bears an inscription "Ocean in view! O! The joy!" - a reflection of an exciting entry in the journal of Captain William Clark on November 7, 1805, when the expedition finally reached the Pacific Ocean after a long journey.

Reverse of Summer/Fall Design



OBVERSE: The design depicts a portrait of Thomas Jefferson created in 1800. Like on the 2005 nickels, the "Liberty" inscription is based on Jefferson's own handwriting. Designers: Jamie Franki, Donna Weaver.

REVERSE: "Return To Monticello" - The design features the familiar Monticello, originally executed by artist Felix Schlag, and restored to be crisper and more detailed.

Return To Monticello Reverse

Nickel 2006 Return To Monticello

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