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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 3, January 15, 2006, Article 7

NEW 2006 NICKELS ARE ON THE WAY

This week the U.S. Mint began shipping the new 2006
"Return to Monticello" to the banking system, according
to a Press Release published January 12th:

"Pouring hundreds of shiny, new 2006 nickels from a silver
goblet designed by President Thomas Jefferson, officials
at the United States Mint launched into circulation today
the Nationís first circulating coin that features the image
of a United States President facing forward. The Nationís
coinage has depicted profiles of presidents for nearly a
century. This new image of President Thomas Jefferson is
based on a Rembrandt Peale portrait of Jefferson, painted
in 1800."

"The new coin completes the United States Mintís popular
Westward Journey Nickel Seriesô that commemorates the
bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and
Clark expedition."

The forward-looking 2006 nickel obverse (heads side) was
designed by Concord, North Carolina, artist Jamie Franki,
who was inspired by the Rembrandt Peale painting of 1800.
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donna Weaver sculpted
the new nickel obverse. As on the 2005 nickels, the word
ďLibertyĒ in Thomas Jeffersonís own handwriting has been
inscribed on the nickel obverse. Jamie Frankiís forward-
looking image of Thomas Jefferson was selected from 147
design candidates submitted by the United States Mint
sculptor-engravers and artists from throughout the country
in the United States Mintís Artistic Infusion Program.
Franki also designed the reverse image on the 2005
American Bison nickel."

To read the complete press release, see: Press Release

Here are a couple stories from the mainstream press:
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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