2005 / Jefferson Nickel Gem Proof / American Bison
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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. The Mint struck four new nickels for circulation in 2004 and 2005 honoring the 200 year anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark. Our third President Thomas Jefferson, sent the pair westward in 1804 to explore the new territory.
This nickel features the American Bison, which captures the beauty of the bison and also symbolizes the wildlife Lewis and Clark found on their journey. It also is a symbol to honor the American Indians the pair encountered whose lives and culture focused so much on the natural world. In 2005 the nickels also have a new obverse featuring a new portrait of Jefferson based on the 1789 bust made by French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon and paintings by Gilbert Stuart and Rembrandt Peale. The obverse also features an inscription of the word "Liberty" based on Jefferson's handwriting.
This 2005 proof coin features sharp relief and mirror-like backgrounds, giving it a frosted, sculpted foregrounds and a special cameo effect. Similar to coin shown.