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 a left-facing profile of Jefferson by artist Felix Schlag.
In 2005, a one-year design was used on which Jefferson looks to the right.
The current definitive portrait was introduced in 2006. Designed by Jamie Franki, it depicts a forward-facing Jefferson based on an 1800 study by Rembrandt Peale. The obverse of the coins also includes the word "Liberty" in Jefferson's own script. According to Acting Mint Director David Lebryk, "The image of a forward-facing Jefferson is a fitting tribute to his vision".
Thomas Jefferson on a Five Cents coin
The portrait has been shown on this type of coins - called a Jefferson nickel - since 2006.
|Five Cents 2006 Jefferson Nickel||1,507,149,158||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2006|
|Five Cents 2007 Jefferson Nickel||1,154,208,422||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2007|
|Five Cents 2008 Jefferson Nickel||629,100,489||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2008|
|Five Cents 2009 Jefferson Nickel||90,389,095||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2009|
|Five Cents 2010 Jefferson Nickel||493,417,010||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2010|
|Five Cents 2011 Jefferson Nickel||991,673,010||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2011|
|Five Cents 2012 Jefferson Nickel||680,359,148||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2012|
|Five Cents 2013 Jefferson Nickel||1,224,314,505||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2013|
|Five Cents 2014 Jefferson Nickel||1,207,430,369||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2014|
|Five Cents 2015 Jefferson Nickel||1,600,699,412||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2015|
|Five Cents 2016 Jefferson Nickel||1,547,537,355||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2016|
|Five Cents 2017 Jefferson Nickel||1,374,484,477||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2017|
|Five Cents 2018 Jefferson Nickel||1,257,443,397||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2018|
|Five Cents 2019 Jefferson Nickel||1,095,884,262||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2019|
|Five Cents 2020 Jefferson Nickel||unknown||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2020|
|Five Cents 2021 Jefferson Nickel||unknown||IN GOD WE TRUST Liberty 2021|