Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal Nickel
In 2004 and 2005, the U.S. Mint commemorated the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition with the Westward Journey Nickel Series. The Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal Nickel is the first of four coins in the series.
The obverse depicts the portrait of Thomas Jefferson designed by Felix Schlag used on the nickel since 1938. The reverse features a rendition of the reverse of the original Jefferson Peace Medal designed by John Reich in 1801. The medals were presented to Native American chiefs and other important leaders as tokens of goodwill at treaty signings and other events. The Lewis and Clark expedition carried these medals on their journey.
Obverse (heads): Bears the likeness of Thomas Jefferson used on the nickel since 1938.
Reverse (tails): Features a rendition of the reverse of the original 1801 Jefferson Peace Medal depicting clasped hands, signifying peace and friendship. The hand with a military uniform cuff symbolizes the American government. The other, with a silver band adorned with beads and a stylized American eagle, represents the Native American community with whom the United States sought good relations.
- IN GOD WE TRUST
- UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
- LOUISIANA PURCHASE
- E PLURIBUS UNUM
- FIVE CENTS
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- Designer: Felix Schlag
- Sculptor: Norman E. Nemeth
- Designer: John Reich