Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal Nickel

Westward Journey Nickels

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Characteristics

Reverse Description: The first of two reverses on the 2004-dated Jefferson nickel feature a rendition of the reverse of the original Indian Peace Medal commissioned for Lewis and Clark's expedition. The medals were presented to Native American chiefs and other important leaders as tokens of goodwill at treaty signings and other events.

The design, by United States Mint sculptor/engraver Norman E. Nemeth, features two hands 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 with whom the United States sought good relations.

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

Obverse Inscriptions

  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • LIBERTY
  • 2004

Reverse Inscriptions

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • LOUISIANA PURCHASE
  • 1803
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • FIVE CENTS

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Artist Information

Reverse
  • Designer: Norman Nemeth
Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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