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U.S. Mint Rolls Out New Nickels
Las Vegas Sun ^ | 3/02/04 | JEANNINE AVERSA

Posted on 03/02/2004 7:53:59 PM PST by Libloather

U.S. Mint Rolls Out New Nickels
By JEANNINE AVERSA
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Today: March 02, 2004 at 15:35:41 PST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of shiny nickels sporting their first new look in 66 years are being shipped to the Federal Reserve, the supplier of the nation's cash, officials of the U.S Mint said Tuesday

The new nickels - which honor the 1803 Louisiana Purchase on the back but retain Thomas Jefferson on the front - should start showing up in cash registers in several weeks, Mint officials said.

A total of 180 million new nickels have been sent to the Federal Reserve as of March 1, said Mint spokeswoman Becky Bailey.

That marks the first of the new nickels to be rolled out. Another nickel honoring the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark expedition will be released in the fall.

The new commemorative themed nickels, part of the Mint's new Westward Journey Nickel Series, replace the image of Jefferson's home, Monticello, now on the back of the coins. The current design was introduced in 1938.

The back of the new nickels now headed into circulation bear the words "United States of America," "Louisiana Purchase" and "1803." There is an image of hands clasped in friendship - one with a military cuff to symbolize the U.S. government, and the other with an ornate bracelet to represent American Indians.

Above the clasped hands is a tomahawk crossed by a peace pipe. The images are similar to those on Jefferson Peace Medals, which were presented ceremonially to Indian chiefs and other important leaders. Below the clasped hands are the Latin words "E Pluribus Unum" (meaning "Out of many, one"), and hugging the bottom of the coin is the denomination: "Five Cents."

Approximately 900 million of this nickel have been made, up from an initial estimate of 500 million, reflecting an improved economic climate which typically increases demand for coins, Bailey said. Mint Director Henrietta Holsman Fore will show off this new nickel, which some have already begun calling the peace pipe nickel, on Thursday.

The front of the two new nickels debuting this year remain the same, featuring, among other things, the visage of Jefferson and the words "In God We Trust." But a third version of the nickel to be released in 2005 may sport a different image of Jefferson.

Vending machines will be able to accept the new nickels because their composition - 75 percent copper and 25 percent nickel - and their size remains the same, Mint officials said.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: coins; louisianapurchase; mint; new; nickels; out; rolls; us; usmint
...a peace pipe...

A tobacco reference? Uh, oh...

1 posted on 03/02/2004 7:54:00 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Plug Nickles?
2 posted on 03/02/2004 7:56:22 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: Libloather
It seems incomprehensible that a tomahawk would have state sanction on our coinage in this day and age.
3 posted on 03/02/2004 7:57:04 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: Libloather

4 posted on 03/02/2004 8:07:49 PM PST by Between the Lines
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To: Libloather
The new nickels - which honor the 1803 Louisiana Purchase on the back

Aren't they a year late?

5 posted on 03/02/2004 8:08:06 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Libloather
We want War nickles?
6 posted on 03/02/2004 8:13:11 PM PST by Defendingliberty (www.defendingliberty.com)
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To: Defendingliberty
Some nickels were actually made of silver during WWII because nickel was needed for war production.

Of course that was back before our coinage was completely de-based into the tokens we use now.

7 posted on 03/02/2004 8:18:04 PM PST by BenLurkin (Socialism is slavery.)
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To: Libloather
When will the 2004 Sacagawea Dollars be released?
8 posted on 03/02/2004 8:24:04 PM PST by jos65
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To: Between the Lines
This may be the first time a regular US coin has had a black man on it. Of course it's hard to tell which of the figures in the boat is York.
9 posted on 03/02/2004 8:24:38 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
He is the one in the back of the boat, no doubt.
10 posted on 03/02/2004 8:29:58 PM PST by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines
Why does the one on the left remind me of a float in the parade in Animal House?
11 posted on 03/02/2004 8:33:38 PM PST by In_25_words_or_less
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To: Between the Lines
There are some incredibly talented thoughtful people in the USA.
12 posted on 03/02/2004 8:37:20 PM PST by hottomale
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To: Libloather

13 posted on 03/02/2004 8:38:30 PM PST by JOE6PAK ("The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein)
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To: Last Dakotan
Aren't they a year late?

1804 was the Lewis & Clark expedition - nobody cared about the French celebration last year.

14 posted on 03/02/2004 8:41:39 PM PST by 11th_VA
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To: Libloather
Numismatics PING!!!!
15 posted on 03/02/2004 10:23:08 PM PST by rogueleader
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To: Libloather
A tobacco reference? Uh, oh...

No, no....it's an appreciation of ethnic culture.

Besides, the slave mansion of the evil white male had to be replaced.

16 posted on 03/02/2004 10:33:37 PM PST by Ophiucus
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To: In_25_words_or_less
The one on the right commemorates the voyage of the Viking Kitties.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 12:41:22 AM PST by flying Elvis
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To: Ophiucus
No, no....it's an appreciation of ethnic culture.

How about the Washington Redskin's logo instead - that would be cool. And why CAN'T teams or corporations sponser U.S. currency? Just another example of the MAN keeping the people down.

18 posted on 03/03/2004 1:13:27 AM PST by searchandrecovery (Justice is the final pillar to fall.)
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To: SandRat
Wooden! lol
19 posted on 03/03/2004 1:16:26 AM PST by Fledermaus (John Kerry is simply a liar. The man can't differentiate campaign rhetoric with facts!)
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To: Libloather
Looks like the Federal Government is figuring out what the States figured with their Theme and Vanity License Plates. Follow the money.

BTW, when does the Michigan Quarter come out?
20 posted on 03/03/2004 1:22:18 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: searchandrecovery
How about Dale Earnhardt? That would bring on some serious hoarding and be a money-maker for the feds - or someone.
21 posted on 03/03/2004 1:26:42 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: leadpenny
How about Dale Earnhardt? That would bring on some serious hoarding and be a money-maker for the feds - or someone.

I like it - we're willing to negotitate just the face, or the face and the back of the coin (Dale on front, car/sponsers on back).

22 posted on 03/03/2004 1:45:42 AM PST by searchandrecovery (Justice is the final pillar to fall.)
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To: searchandrecovery
I'm going to start hoarding everything pre-State Quarters because what you propose is probably what is going to happen.
23 posted on 03/03/2004 2:00:23 AM PST by leadpenny
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