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Wednesday, March 02, 2005
RETURN OF THE NATIVE
[T]he U.S. Mint marked the return of the buffalo nickel yesterday after a 67-year absence.
The new nickel features a jazzed-up profile of Thomas Jefferson on one side and a bison standing on a clump of grass on the other side.It marks the return of the bison to the nickel for the first time since 1938, when the Mint changed the design from one depicting an American Indian on one side and a buffalo on the other.
The bison nickel is the third in a series of four nickels that are being introduced for the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition,both of which occurred during Jefferson's presidency.