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The Jefferson Nickel has been the five-cent coin struck by the United States Mint since 1938, when it replaced the Buffalo Nickel. From 1938 until 2004, the copper-nickel coin's obverse featured a profile depiction of founding father and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson by artist Felix Schlag. Since 2006, Jefferson's portrayal, newly designed by Jamie Franki, faces forward. The coin's reverse is still the Schlag original featuring Jefferson's home, Monticello.
This 1972 proof coin features sharp relief and mirror-like backgrounds, giving it a frosted, sculpted foregrounds and a special cameo effect. Similar to coin shown.