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[1938 to Date] Jefferson Nickels

It has been suggested that the Buffalo Nickel design was an attempt to end the personification of Liberty on U.S. coinage. It is also suggested that the employment of the Native American bust condemned the Buffalo Nickel to a short life, though not as short as some initially predicted. This was because of the Act of September 25, 1890 which forbid alterations in design to U.S. coins any more frequently than every 25 years. The Buffalo Nickel, having been first minted in 1913, could not be replaced until 1938 and U.S. Treasury officials made sure that the new Nickel would feature Jefferson on the Obverse and Monticello on the Reverse. The competition to determine this design was won by Felix Schlag, except that his version (a side-view of Jefferson's estate) would have to be modified to show the iconic structure face-on. Thus, in 1938, Schlag's Jefferson Nickel with a front view of Monticello on the reverse entered into circulation in the U.S. and has remained our Nickel to this day, excepting a few temporary alternate Jefferson issuances.

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