We are pleased to offer for sale this Westward Journey Nickel Complete Set including 2004 through 2006 P & D Jefferson Nickels in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) condition together with a Westward Series Nickel Folder by Harris and a Pair of White Cotton Gloves to handle coins. A total of 10 Westward Journey Nickels are included in this set. These Westward Journey Nickels are Brilliant Uncirculated. All of our BU coins have nice eye appeal and no major marks or visible problems. This Westward Journey Nickel Set includes one of each Jefferson Nickel released from 2004 through 2006 from both the Philadelphia (P) and Denver (D) Mints. Every Jefferson Nickel in this Westward Journey Nickel Set is taken either from original BU rolls or Mint Sets. This Westward Journey Nickel Set includes all 5 designs: Louisiana Purchase Peace Medal, Keelboat, American Bison, "Ocean in View!", and Return to Monticello.
The Westward Series Nickel Folder by Harris is a two panel folder. It holds all of the business strikes for the Westward Journey Nickels from 2004 to 2006 as well as an obverse port for each year. Eight additional unlabeled ports are also included to customize your collection. Attached between the panels is a page with a nice write-up on the Westward Journey Nickel Series with illustrations of the coins. The folder measures 7" x 9.5" when closed. We provide a pair of cotton gloves so you can handle the Westward Journey Nickels without harm while placing them in your folder. The Westward Journey Nickels, Westward Series Nickel Folder, and cotton gloves are all new from our inventory.
The 10 Westward Journey Nickels
, Westward Series Nickel Folder, and Gloves included in the set are: Information on the Westward Journey Nickel Series:
The US 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 and updated restored version of Felix Schlag's designed completed by US Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti.
This Westward Journey Nickel Complete Set makes a great gift for the beginning collector through the experienced numismatist!