This collection includes the two different versions of the 2004 and 2005 Nickels, and each coin is richly layered in pure 24K gold. The nickels were released to commemorate the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The first 2004 Nickel features a rendition of the reverse of the original Indian Peace Medal commissioned for Lewis and Clark's expedition, bearing the likeness of America's third president on one side, and symbols of peace and friendship on the other. The second features an angled, side-view of the keelboat with full sail that transported members of the expedition and their supplies through the rivers of the Louisiana Territory in search of a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Built to the specifications of Captain Lewis, the 55-foot keelboat could be sailed, rowed, poled like a raft, or towed from the riverbank.
The first 2005 commemorative Nickel features a buffalo to symbolize the incredible wildlife seen by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The “buffalo” design 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 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 word 'Liberty' is in Jefferson's handwriting.
The final coin in the series 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 obverse also features the new image of Jefferson.
The set of 2004 and 2005 gold-layered Nickels is presented in a custom display with a Certificate of Authenticity.