The Jefferson Nickel first came into circulation in 1938. It was the first coin design ever chosen in an open competition and was created by the winner, Felix Schlag. His initials were not originally on the coin, but they were added in 1966.
The reverse shows Thomas Jefferson's home in Monticello.
During World War II, nickel was diverted to the war effort and the coins were made of an alloy that was 56% copper ...Read more
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