This is a complete type set of all nine Nickels spanning the 20th and 21st centuries. The coins range in condition from Very Fine to Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof. No specific mint marks are promised. The Liberty Head “V” Nickel was made form 1883 to 1912 and was the first Nickel of the 20th century. The coin features a portrait of Liberty on the obverse and a large “V” (Roman “5”) on the back. The Buffalo Nickel was made from 1913 to 1938. It depicts a stunning Native American on the obverse and a buffalo on the reverse. It is one of the most famous and popular of all classic U.S. coins. The Jefferson Nickel took the place of the Buffalo Nickel in 1938, and the original design was struck until 2003. The obverse shows President Thomas Jefferson, while the reverse features his home at Monticello in Virginia. The first Jefferson Nickel in this set is a seldom-seen Proof that was struck for collectors in a very limited edition. Proofs are the highest quality coins made by the U.S. Mint.
Each coin is struck at least twice on highly polished coin blanks to bring out the mirrored background and high-relief images. The U.S. Mint also struck a World War II “Emergency” Silver Nickel from 1942-1945 to help save nickel. The World War II coin is the first and only silver Nickel in history. In 2004 and 2005, the U.S. Mint struck four Westward Journey Nickels to commemorate the 200th anniversaries of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase and the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. This set includes all four Westward Journey Nickels: 2004 Peace Medal and Keelboat, and 2005 Buffalo and Ocean in View. The 2005 coins include a one-year-only portrait of Jefferson on the obverse. In 2006, the Jefferson Nickel returned, but with a new portrait of Jefferson and an improved image of Monticello.