New nickel unveiled - Sep. 16, 2004

September 16, 2004: 11:53 AM EDT
By Gordon T. Anderson, CNN/Money staff writer

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - It’s not clear whether Thomas Jefferson considered the right half of his face to be his “good side,” but folks at the U.S. Mint apparently think so. That’s the profile they’re engraving onto millions of new nickels.
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The redesign, which was made public today at a Washington press conference, is the latest in the Mint’s multi-year commemoration of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The third president was the chief patron of that 19th century exploration of the American West.

In 2003, Congress passed legislation enabling the Mint to revise the nickel to mark the expedition’s bicentenary, which resulted in the release of two separate nickels. They went into circulation during 2004, as part of the Mint’s so-called Westward Journey series of coins.

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