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2004 Westward Nickel - PROOF - Keelboat Nickel - Series I - Lens
2004 Westward Nickel - PROOF - Keelboat Nickel - Series I - Lens

Our Price: $8.95
Year: 2004
Mint(s): San Francisco
Composition: .750 Copper / .250 Nickel
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Mintage: 2,965,422

Product Code: 11638

The Westward Nickel Collection began in 2004 in commemoration of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition.The U.S. Mint's Westward Journey Nickel Series began in 2004 with the Peace Medal nickel and followed by theKeelboatnickel. In 2005 the American Bison and the Ocean in View nickels were the next 2 released in the series. As part of the 2005 release, the U.S. changed the image of Thomas Jefferson.

The Keelboat nickel was the second nickel in the United States Mint's Westward Journey Nickel Series. It was designed to emulate the image of the very type of boat that Lewis and Clark used on their journey to finding a water route to the Pacific Ocean, along with the visions of President Thomas Jefferson. Lewis & Clark left Camp River Dubois in May of 1804 in a specially designed keelboat that they traveled up the Mississippi River in. Once they arrived at the first leg of their trip in Fort Mandan, they sent the boat back down the river filled with water specimens and reports, to report back to the President with. It was Lewis & Clark who established the first, most accurate waterway map of the land to the far west. The Keelboat is the best symbol to denote the type of transit that enabled them to search out their destination of the Pacific Ocean and back home again.

Each Westward nickel proof was struck at the San Francisco mint. These PROOFS were not released by the U.S. Mint into general circulation.They are only available as part of the U.S. Proof Set. Proofs are highly polished specimen, double struck, giving each coin a deep mirror-like surface. "Proofs" are typically the lowest production of any U.S. Mint release.

This proof 2005 Westward Journey Peace nickel is encapsulated for protection.

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