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2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel

CoinTrapTM Commentary: In 2003, legislation was passed calling for the redesign of the nickel, which resulted in the Westward Journey Nickel Series.  Four different nickel designs were entered into circulation from this series--two of them in 2004 and two more in 2005.

The two 2005 Westward Journey quarters are shown below.  The first design is dubbed the “American Bison” nickel and bears a newer image of President Thomas Jefferson on the obverse, and a side-view of an American bison grazing in a field on the reverse.

The second design is reffered to as the “Ocean in View!” Nickel and bears the same image of President Thomas Jefferson on the obverse, but on the reverse is illustrated a design based on a photograph by Andrew E. Cier of Astoria, Oregon showing the western waters as they might have been first viewed by the Corps of Discovery in November, 1805.

Coin Value: What is the value of your 2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel? Well, as usual, it depends. The “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel worth or value depends on these main factors: (1) your coin’s grade, (2) whether it is a proof coin (Deep Cameo or DCAM) having a mirror-like polished finish, (3) scarcity/demand, and (4) whether it is the silver version.  Regarding your coin’s grade, it has become a standard in the field of numismatics (coin collecting) to grade coins on a point-scale from 1 (poor) to 70 (perfect). This is also referred to as the “Mint State” or just “MS” for short. Click here to find the up-to-date estimated value of your “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel coin from the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS®), which takes all four factors mentioned above into account*. If you do not know the grade of your “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel, you can take it to your local coin dealer and ask that they have it graded at one of the three major coin grading services.

2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Obverse

2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Reverse

2005 First Design “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Obverse

Designer: Joe Fitzgerald
Engraver: Don Everhart

2005 First Design “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Reverse

“American Bison”

Designer: Joe Fitzgerald
Engraver: Donna Weaver

2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Obverse

2005 “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Reverse

2005 Second Design “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Obverse

Designer: Joe Fitzgerald
Engraver: Don Everhart

2005 Second Design “Westward Journey” Jefferson Nickel - Reverse

“Ocean in View!”

Designer: Jamie Franki
Engraver: Norman E. Nemeth

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      [[Page 117 STAT. 615]]

      Public Law 108-15
      108th Congress

                                       An Act

       To ensure continuity for the design of the 5-cent coin, establish the
         Citizens <<NOTE: Apr. 23, 2003 - [H.R. 258]>> Coinage Advisory
                         Committee, and for other purposes.

         Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
      United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: American 5-Cent Coin Design
      Continuity Act of 2003.>> assembled,

      SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5101 note.>> SHORT TITLE.

         This Act may be cited as the ``American 5-Cent Coin Design
      Continuity Act of 2003''.

               TITLE I--UNITED STATES 5-CENT COIN DESIGN CONTINUITY

      SEC. 101. DESIGNS <<NOTE: 31 USC 5101 note.>> ON THE 5-CENT COIN.

         (a) In General.--Subject to subsection (b) and after consulting with
      the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts,
      the Secretary of the Treasury may change the design on the obverse and
      the reverse of the 5-cent coin for coins issued in 2003, 2004, and 2005
      in recognition of the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase and the
      expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
         (b) Design Specifications.--
                 (1) Obverse.--If the Secretary of the Treasury elects to
             change the obverse of 5-cent coins issued during 2003, 2004, and
             2005, the design shall depict a likeness of President Thomas
             Jefferson, different from the likeness that appeared on the
             obverse of the 5-cent coins issued during 2002, in recognition
             of his role with respect to the Louisiana Purchase and the
             commissioning of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
                 (2) Reverse.--If the Secretary of the Treasury elects to
             change the reverse of the 5-cent coins issued during 2003, 2004,
             and 2005, the design selected shall depict images that are
             emblematic of the Louisiana Purchase or the expedition of
             Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
                 (3) Other inscriptions.--5-cent coins issued during 2003,
             2004, and 2005 shall continue to meet all other requirements for
             inscriptions and designations applicable to circulating coins
             under section 5112(d)(1) of title 31, United States Code.

      SEC. 102. DESIGNS ON THE 5-CENT COIN SUBSEQUENT TO THE RECOGNITION OF
                 THE BICENTENNIAL OF THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE AND THE LEWIS AND
                 CLARK EXPEDITION.

         (a) In General.--Section 5112(d)(1) of title 31, United States Code,
      is amended by inserting after the 4th sentence the following

      [[Page 117 STAT. 616]]

      new sentence: ``Subject to other provisions of this subsection, the
      obverse of any 5-cent coin issued after December 31, 2005, shall bear
      the likeness of Thomas Jefferson and the reverse of any such 5-cent coin
      shall bear an image of the home of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello.''.
         (b) Design Consultation.--The 2d sentence of section 5112(d)(2) of
      title 31, United States Code, is amended by inserting ``, after
      consulting with the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and the
      Commission of Fine Arts,'' after ``The Secretary may''.

      . . .

         Approved April 23, 2003.

      LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 258:
      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

      HOUSE REPORTS: No. 108-20 (Comm. on Financial Services).
      CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 149 (2003):
                 Feb. 26, considered and passed House.
                 Apr. 11, considered and passed Senate.
       

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