2010 Jefferson Nickel

2010 Jefferson Nickel


  • Portrait of Thomas Jefferson based on a Rembrandt Peale painting from 1800. This obverse design was introduced in 2006.
  • Designed by Jamie Franki.


  • View of Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello. This reverse design was first used in 1938.
  • Designed by John R. Sinnock.

Coin Details:

  • Each coin has a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel. This is the only denomination currently produced by the United States Mint that contains metal with an intrinsic value greater than the face value.
  • The 2010 Jefferson Nickel is expected to be produced for circulation at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints. These two facilities will also produce coins with a satin finish. A proof version of the coin will be produced at the San Francisco Mint.

Where to Find:

  • The 2010 Jefferson Nickel is expected to be released through the channels of circulation, although distribution for newly minted nickels has been extremely sparse in the last few years.
  • The United States Mint will issue the satin finish versions in the 2010 Mint Set and the proof version in the 2010 Proof Set and 2010 Silver Proof Set.


  • The Jefferson Nickel was introduced in 1938 to replace the Buffalo Nickel series. This continued the gradual placement of historic Americans on circulating coinage.
  • From 2004 to 2005, the reverse of the Jefferson Nickel carried four different designs for the Westward Journey series. The following year, the original reverse was restored, with a brand new obverse design. At least one side of the original Jefferson Nickel design has been used continuously since 1938.
  • The United States Mint produced the first 2010 Jefferson Nickels in April 2010. The production was limited to just 1.68 million coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint.