Information about Portrait: Thomas Jefferson (left)

Thomas Jefferson (left)

The portrait of Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), the third President of the United States (1801 - 1809) has been displayed on the obverse of American five-cent coins since 1938; the coins that carry the portrait are known as "Jefferson nickels". From 1938 until 2004, the copper-nickel coin's obverse featured this profile depiction of founding father and third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson facing left, by artist Felix Schlag.

First struck in 1913, the Buffalo nickel had long been difficult to coin, and after it completed the 25-year term during which it could only be replaced by Congress, the Mint moved quickly to replace it with a new design. The Mint conducted a design competition, in early 1938, requiring that Jefferson be depicted on the obverse and Jefferson's house Monticello on the reverse. Felix Schlag won the competition, but was required to submit an entirely new reverse and make other changes before the new piece went into production in October 1938. Either through a misunderstanding or an oversight, Schlag did not include his initials in the design; they would not be added until 1966.

The bust of Jefferson on the obverse closely resembles his bust by sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon, which is to be found in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

The portrait was used until 2004, when the design of the denomination changed. The obverse design used in 2005 was also in profile, though by Joe Fitzgerald. Since 2006 Jefferson's portrayal, newly designed by Jamie Franki, faces forward.

Thomas Jefferson (left) - (70) Coins
NameMintageLegend
Five Cents 1938 Jefferson Nickel 28,996,365 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1938
Five Cents 1939 Jefferson Nickel 130,771,535 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1939
Five Cents 1940 Jefferson Nickel 259,729,158 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1940
Five Cents 1941 Jefferson Nickel 300,160,720 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1941
Five Cents 1942 Jefferson Nickel 154,557,200 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1942
Five Cents 1943 Jefferson Nickel 390,519,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1943
Five Cents 1944 Jefferson Nickel 173,099,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1944
Five Cents 1945 Jefferson Nickel 215,505,100 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1945
Five Cents 1946 Jefferson Nickel 219,968,200 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1946
Five Cents 1947 Jefferson Nickel 157,542,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1947
Five Cents 1948 Jefferson Nickel 145,382,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1948
Five Cents 1949 Jefferson Nickel 106,866,000 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1949
Five Cents 1950 Jefferson Nickel 12,477,416 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1950
Five Cents 1951 Jefferson Nickel 56,845,500 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1951
Five Cents 1952 Jefferson Nickel 115,279,980 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1952
Five Cents 1953 Jefferson Nickel 125,862,300 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1953
Five Cents 1954 Jefferson Nickel 194,484,410 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1954
Five Cents 1955 Jefferson Nickel 82,730,300 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1955
Five Cents 1956 Jefferson Nickel 103,108,324 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1956
Five Cents 1957 Jefferson Nickel 176,484,852 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1957
Five Cents 1958 Jefferson Nickel 186,212,772 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1958
Five Cents 1959 Jefferson Nickel 189,135,531 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1959
Five Cents 1960 Jefferson Nickel 249,689,782 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1960
Five Cents 1961 Jefferson Nickel 306,011,004 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1961
Five Cents 1962 Jefferson Nickel 380,797,739 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1962
Five Cents 1963 Jefferson Nickel 455,681,105 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1963
Five Cents 1964 Jefferson Nickel 2,815,919,922 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1964
Five Cents 1965 Jefferson Nickel 138,491,380 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1965
Five Cents 1966 Jefferson Nickel 158,469,866 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1966
Five Cents 1967 Jefferson Nickel 109,189,144 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1967
Five Cents 1968 Jefferson Nickel 194,665,370 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1968
Five Cents 1969 Jefferson Nickel 325,907,131 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1969
Five Cents 1970 Jefferson Nickel 756,950,194 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1970
Five Cents 1971 Jefferson Nickel 426,249,533 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1971
Five Cents 1972 Jefferson Nickel 556,991,596 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1972
Five Cents 1973 Jefferson Nickel 648,561,339 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1973
Five Cents 1974 Jefferson Nickel 881,737,568 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1974
Five Cents 1975 Jefferson Nickel 586,492,750 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1975
Five Cents 1976 Jefferson Nickel 935,237,877 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1976
Five Cents 1977 Jefferson Nickel 885,940,574 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1977
Five Cents 1978 Jefferson Nickel 707,528,561 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1978
Five Cents 1979 Jefferson Nickel 792,732,847 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1979
Five Cents 1980 Jefferson Nickel 1,098,882,254 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1980
Five Cents 1981 Jefferson Nickel 1,026,368,926 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1981
Five Cents 1982 Jefferson Nickel 669,939,023 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1982
Five Cents 1983 Jefferson Nickel 1,101,620,402 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1983
Five Cents 1984 Jefferson Nickel 1,267,509,256 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1984
Five Cents 1985 Jefferson Nickel 1,110,225,229 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1985
Five Cents 1986 Jefferson Nickel 901,713,120 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1986
Five Cents 1987 Jefferson Nickel 786,317,813 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1987
Five Cents 1988 Jefferson Nickel 1,438,394,600 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1988
Five Cents 1989 Jefferson Nickel 1,472,874,668 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1989
Five Cents 1990 Jefferson Nickel 1,328,874,062 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1990
Five Cents 1991 Jefferson Nickel 1,053,468,465 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1991
Five Cents 1992 Jefferson Nickel 854,293,673 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1992
Five Cents 1993 Jefferson Nickel 821,554,927 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1993
Five Cents 1994 Jefferson Nickel 1,441,359,736 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1994
Five Cents 1995 Jefferson Nickel 1,665,065,481 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1995
Five Cents 1996 Jefferson Nickel 1,649,593,265 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1996
Five Cents 1997 Jefferson Nickel 940,433,678 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1997
Five Cents 1998 Jefferson Nickel 1,325,718,507 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1998
Five Cents 1999 Jefferson Nickel 2,282,067,966 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 1999
Five Cents 2000 Jefferson Nickel 2,359,807,993 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2000
Five Cents 2001 Jefferson Nickel 1,306,568,606 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2001
Five Cents 2002 Jefferson Nickel 1,233,691,995 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2002
Five Cents 2003 Jefferson Nickel 828,178,439 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2003
Five Cents 2004 Louisiana Purchase 736,432,069 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2004
Five Cents 2004 Westward Journey - Keelboat 714,592,069 IN GOD WE TRUST LIBERTY * 2004
Five Cents 2005 Westward Journey - Ocean in View 810,864,679 IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2005
Five Cents 2005 Westward Journey - Bison 941,664,679 IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2005
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Thomas Jefferson (left): Details
Year1938
CountryUnited States
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