Keelboat Nickel

Westward Journey Nickels

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Characteristics

Reverse Description: 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 design, by United States Mint sculptor/engraver Al Maletsky, shows Captains Lewis and Clark in full uniform in the bow of the keelboat.

Obverse Description: The obverse bears the likeness of President Jefferson.

Obverse Inscriptions

• IN GOD WE TRUST
• LIBERTY
• 2004

Reverse Inscriptions

• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
• E PLURIBUS UNUM
• LEWIS & CLARK
• FIVE CENTS

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Reverse
  • Designer: Al Maletsky
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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