We are pleased to offer for sale these 2016 P & D Jefferson BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) Nickels. The Jefferson Nickels are in brilliant uncirculated condition, with nice eye appeal and no major marks or visible problems. These coins are taken from original BU rolls or Mint sets, and are an outstanding value!
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 one 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.
In 2006 the design of the Jefferson Nickel was substantially changed. Felix Schlag's Monticello design returned to the reverse side of the coin, replacing the various Westward Journey designs that had appeared in 2004 and 2005. The obverse of the Jefferson Nickels from 2006 onward features a new forward facing portrait of Jefferson, the first use of an image of a President facing forward on a U.S. coin. The new obverse was designed by Jamie Franki, based on an 1800 portrait by Rembrandt Peale.
The 2016 P & D Jefferson BU Nickels are comprised of .750 (75%) copper and .250 (25%) nickel, with a diameter of 21.21mm and a mass of 5 grams. They are beautiful coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, a great value and perfect for any Jefferson Nickel collection.