We are pleased to offer for sale this 2005-S Jefferson Proof Nickel
Buffalo Bison Design from Westward Journey Series.
The Jefferson Nickel
uncirculated condition, with nice eye appeal and no major marks or
visible problems. This coin is taken from an original Proof set, and is an outstanding value!
Journey Nickel Series:
Mint struck four new nickels for circulation in 2004 and 2005 honoring
the 200 year anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the journey of
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Our third
President Thomas Jefferson, sent the pair westward in 1804 to explore
the new territory.
Four new reverse designs were created to honor the expedition and new
frontier. The first design is the Louisiana Purchase Peace
Medal, which includes imagery from the Indian Peace Medals carried by
Lewis and Clark on their journey. The second design is the
Keelboat, which is an image of the 55 foot boat the pair used to
navigate the rivers of the Louisiana Purchase on their way towards the
Pacific Ocean. The third design is 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. The
fourth design is "Ocean in View!", a view of the Pacific
Ocean as it may have appeared to the expedition after the long journey.
Also in the image is a passage from Clark's journal made on
November 7,1803: "Ocean in view! O! The joy!".
For the 2004 nickels the obverse of the coin remained the same
as earlier years, which is the profile portrait of Jefferson by Felix
Schlag. In 2005 the nickels 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. The new
obverse was designed by US Mint artist Joe Fitzgerald and sculpted by
US Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart.
In 2006 the US Mint completed the Westward
Journey Nickel Series with its Return to
Monticello nickel. The obverse features a forward facing
portrait of Jefferson based on a painting by Rembrandt Peale. Artist
Jamie Franki, who also designed the 2005 American
Bison reverse, designed the new portrait of Jefferson and Donna Weaver,
US Mint sculptor-engraver, sculpted it. The reverse revisits
Jefferson's home with an updated restored version of Felix Schlag's
design completed by US Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti.
The Jefferson Nickel
design was selected through a mint sponsored
contest in 1938, and the winning design came from Felix
Schlag. Schlag's initials were added underneath the bust in
1966. The obverse of the Jefferson Nickel features a left
facing profile of Jefferson, adapted from a marble bust by sculptor
Jean-Antoine Houdon, as well as the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
The reverse features Jefferson's home Monticello. Apart from
a small change to the stairs of Monticello in 1939, the design was
unchanged from 1938 through 2003. The Jefferson Nickel is
of the most common designs in circulation because of the long period of
mintage combined with the hardness of nickel, making it possible to
still find coins from the 1940s and 1950s still in circulation.
The 2005-S Jefferson
Nickel Buffalo Bison Design from Westward Journey Series
is comprised of .750 (75%) copper and .250
(25%) nickel, with a diameter of 21.21mm and a mass of 5
grams. It is a beautiful coin in Brilliant Uncirculated
condition, a great value and perfect for any Jefferson Nickel
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