Return to Monticello Nickel
Just as Lewis and Clark came full circle, returning to the East and Jefferson’s home in Monticello, the “Return to Monticello” Nickel brings the Westward Journey Nickel Series back to its beginnings: Thomas Jefferson on the front and his home, Monticello, on the back. And yet, how the coin has changed!
The final obverse design in the series features a new portrait of Jefferson. And, instead of the usual side view, Jefferson faces forward. This design marks the first time a presidential bust on a circulating American coin is not shown in profile.
The reverse design, although very much like the pre-2004 design, is actually very different. The new image takes advantage of the advances in coin-making technology to produce a crisper, more detailed Monticello than has ever been seen on the five-cent coin.