*The complete set of the 2004 and 2005 commemorative Nickels honoring the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, plus the new 2006 Jefferson Nickel, in a custom collector’s map. Each coin is displayed in golden hologram and colorized editions. Also included are four State Quarters relating to America’s westward expansion, the Sacagawea Golden Dollar, the three portraits of Thomas Jefferson on colorized Nickels, and the three U.S. postage stamps issued in 2004 to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The 2004 and 2005 Nickels are the first commemorative Nickels in history, and the new 2006 Jefferson Nickel features a new portrait of Thomas Jefferson. Together with the State Quarters, Sacagawea Golden Dollar, and stamps, they create a fabulous history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
In March 2004, the U.S. Mint released the first-ever commemorative Nickel in history. It replaced the standard Jefferson Nickel that had been in issue since 1938, so it was the first new Nickel design in 66 years. It was the first in a series of four commemorative Nickels issued in 2004 and 2005 honoring the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Each coin features a one-time-only design that was made for a limited time and can never be struck again.
This collection includes the four different coin designs from 2004 and 2005, as well as the 2006 coin. Two of each coin are included – one in a golden hologram edition and one in a colorized edition. Each golden hologram coin is plated in pure 24 karat gold and enhanced with genuine holograms; each colorized coin is enhanced with the highest quality colorizing.
The first coin from 2004 features the original Indian Peace Medal commissioned for the expedition and bears symbols of peace and friendship. Two hands are clasped in friendship – one with a military uniform cuff, symbolizing the American government, and the other with a silver band adorned with beads and a stylized American eagle, representing the Native American community. The medals were presented to Native American chiefs and other important leaders as tokens of goodwill at treaty signings and other events.
The second commemorative Nickel from 2004 depicts a keelboat with full sail. A similar keelboat transported members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the rivers of the Louisiana Territory in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and Clark are shown in full uniform in the bow of the keelboat.
The first commemorative Nickel in 2005 features a buffalo to symbolize the incredible wildlife seen by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The buffalo was abundant in the western prairies and was also an important animal for the Native Americans. The “Buffalo” design is one of the most popular coins in modern history, in part because it brings back memories of the classic 1913-1938 Buffalo Nickel – one of the favorite coins among collectors of all ages.
In addition to the unique one-time-only “Buffalo” reverse design, this coin also features a new obverse portrait of Thomas Jefferson. This is the first new portrait of Jefferson since the Jefferson Nickel series started in 1938; the two 2004 commemorative Nickels had the old portrait. The word “Liberty” next to Jefferson’s portrait is in Jefferson’s handwriting. The new portrait was a one-year-only design.
The final coin in the commemorative Nickel series was issued in 2005. This coin features a view of the Pacific Ocean near the Columbia River in Oregon, together with the words “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” from William Clark’s journal of November 7, 1805 – the day the expedition viewed the ocean for the first time. The expedition left St. Louis on May 14, 1804, and traveled for 19 months before reaching their goal of the Pacific Ocean near the Columbia River in Oregon. The obverse also features the new image of Jefferson.
In January 2006, the U.S. Mint brought back the Jefferson Nickel. Known as the “Return to Monticello” coin, it features the first forward-facing portrait of a President on a circulating coin. This image of Thomas Jefferson has never been used before and is different from the 1938-2004 coins and the 2005 coins. It is based on an 1800 painting by artist Rembrandt Peale. The design also shows the word “Liberty” in Jefferson’s handwriting.
The back of the 2006 coin features the same image of Monticello from the original 1938-2003 coins, although the details have been sharpened.
Only a fraction of the limited-edition 2004, 2005, and 2006 Nickels have been set aside for this collection. And due to the limited number of complete sets that are available, this is the only way to guarantee owning the complete collection of all of America’s first commemorative Nickels and the 2006 Return to Monticello Nickel in the coveted golden hologram and colorized editions.
The collection of historic Nickels comes with a custom collector’s map that includes spaces for all coins. The map shows the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, from St. Louis in 1804 to the Pacific Ocean in 1805 and the return to St. Louis is 1806.
The three different portraits of Jefferson – on the 2004 Nickels, 2005 Nickels, and 2006 Nickel – are displayed in colorized editions to complete the Westward Series Nickels part of the collection. Jefferson was President at the time of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Also included are four State Quarters that relate to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and America’s westward expansion. Each coin is enhanced with golden holograms to match the commemorative Nickels. State Quarters are made for only about 10 weeks each, and each of these coins is long out of issue.
The State Quarters are:
• 2003 Missouri – featuring the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they departed from St. Louis in 1804.
• 2005 Kansas – depicting a buffalo; the Lewis and Clark Expedition encountered great herds of buffalo on the plains as they traveled westward in 1804 and 1805.
• 2005 Oregon – symbolizing the conclusion of the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s westward journey in 1805; the expedition made winter camp in Oregon before returning to St. Louis in 1806.
• 2005 California – symbolizing the magnificent vistas encountered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The Sacagawea Golden Dollar is also included because Sacagawea was a vital member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This was America’s first golden coin as well as the first circulating coin to feature an identifiable Native American. Without Sacagawea’s knowledge of the land, the expedition would have failed, and America’s westward expansion would have been delayed for many years.
The Sacagawea Golden Dollar is also included because Sacagawea was a vital member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This was America’s first golden coin as well as the first circulating coin to feature an identifiable Native American. Without Sacagawea’s knowledge of the land, the expedition would have failed, and America’s westward expansion would have been delayed for many years. The coin depicts Sacagawea with her baby, Jean Baptiste, on her back. The reverse of the coin features an American eagle in flight, as well as 17 stars. This unusual number of stars symbolizes the 17 states in the Union at the time of Sacagawea’s journey with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The coin is displayed in a colorized edition, and an additional coin is included to show the reverse design.
Finally, the collection includes the set of three U.S. postage stamps issued in 2004 to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The stamps were issued on May 14, 2004 – the exact 200th anniversary of the date the Lewis and Clark Expedition left St. Louis at the start of the historic journey. The stamps have been out of issue since 2004 but are in original mint condition. One stamp shows Meriwether Lewis, one shows William Clark, and the third shows both men on a western promontory overlooking the countryside.