New Nickel

The nation's circulating coins have featured the profiles of presidents for nearly a Century.

The United States mint is announcing that for the first time in history, the image of President Thomas Jefferson will face forward on the 2006 dated nickel.

This new image, based on a Rembrandt Peale painting of Jefferson in 1800, is expected to grace the nickel for years to come.

The United States mint will launch into circulation the 2006 nickel, called "Jefferson, 1800," early next year.

The 1938 classic rendition of Jefferson’s Virginia home of Monticello by Felix Schlag will return to the reverse of the 2006 nickel, but with a more detailed design.

The design of the 2006 "Jefferson, 1800" nickel may be downloaded at

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