New nickel enters circulation
Coin features 3rd President looking directly at viewer, updated view of his home at Monticello.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A new nickel breaks into circulation Thursday, and it will feature Thomas Jefferson appearing in a totally new view.
The front of the coin is based on an 1800 portrait of Jefferson painted by Rembrandt Peale, and the reverse is modeled on an 1938 rendition of Jefferson's Virginia home at Monticello. Whereas previous nickels had featured a profile view of Jefferson, the Peale portrait shows the president looking directly at the viewer.
The nickel is the final in the Westward Journey Nickel series which commemorates the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. The series began in 2004 with the release of the Peace Medal and Keelboat nickels.
The new nickel will be available in two-roll sets and bags at noon on Thursday. They will be minted in Philadelphia and Denver and can be shipped directly to customers (1-800-USA-MINT), though delivery may take two to three weeks.
The image of President Jefferson's home at Monticello, by Felix Schlag, has been carefully restored by U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti. Previously, the U.S. Mint had used a modified design of the painting for technical reasons.
A previous Jefferson nickel appear in 2005, along with two new reverse designs of American Indians and wildlife encountered by the Lewis and Clark on their journey.
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