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Nickel to be seen sooner

2006nickelObverseDrawing.jpg 2006nickelReverseDrawing.jpgCollectors will get to see the newly redesigned nickel quicker. Sales of the 2006 nickel bags and rolls to collectors have been moved up to Jan. 12, the U.S. Mint said.

That date has been confirmed. Originally, the Mint reported a tentative release date of Feb. 28 for the 2006 nickel bags and rolls.

The 2006 nickel will, for the first time, feature a forward-facing Thomas Jefferson portrait on the obverse, done by Artistic Infusion Program artist Jamie Franki.

The reverse is a familiar but more detailed version of Felix Schlag?s 1938 rendition of Jefferson?s Virgin-ia home of Monticello. Mint sculptor-engraver John Mercanti restored the image.

Check the Mint?s Web site, www.usmint.gov, for prices and ordering information.

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