Jefferson Nickel, "Westward Journey" Designs (2004-2006)

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The "Westward Journey" nickels commemorates the bicentennial of the Louisiana purchase and the journey of Lewis and Clark. The 2004 Peace Medal were adapted from the original design of peace medals commissioned for the journey to give to Indian chiefs and important leaders. They bore a picture of Jefferson on one side and a picture of symbols representing peace and friendship on the other. The Keelboat design represents the actual boat Louis and Clark used to make parts of the journey. The American bison design was created to show the importance that these animals had in American Indians' lives. Also, the Pacific Ocean view was taken from an entry in Clark's Journal.