Louisiana Purchase/Peace Medal Nickel

Westward Journey Nickels
Issued in 2004
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Louisiana Purchase Uncirculated Reverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Louisiana Purchase Uncirculated Reverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Uncirculated Obverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Uncirculated Obverse

Coin Description

Reverse
Depicts the original Indian Peace Medal made for Lewis and Clark's expedition. The medals were presented to Native American chiefs as a sign of peace. The design 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.
Obverse
Features the likeness of President Thomas Jefferson.

The Story

Jefferson had a medal made as a token of peace, which we call his “Peace Medal.” The Lewis and Clark explorers were to give the medals as gifts to the Native American chiefs they met as a sign of peace.

The design that was used on Jefferson’s Peace Medal is used on the first of the Westward Journey Nickel Series™. It shows the hand of a Native American and the hand of a European-American clasped in a friendly handshake below a crossed pipe and tomahawk. The words “Louisiana Purchase” are inscribed above the date of the purchase, 1803.

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2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Louisiana Purchase Uncirculated Reverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Louisiana Purchase Uncirculated Reverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Uncirculated Obverse
2004 Westward Journey Nickel Series Uncirculated Obverse