The 1803 is not the minting date, which is traditionally marked on the obverse, or face, of a coin. The 1803 is there because the reverse is a copy of the 1803 Indian Peace Medal which Lewis and Clark presented to Native American tribe leaders as they explored the Louisiana Purchase.
This particular design was only minted for the first 6 months of 2004, as part of the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. The 2004 date is on the other side of the coin; this was the last year that the nickel carried the original left-facing portrait of Thomas Jefferson which first appeared in 1938.
It's right on the front: For nickels minted 1938 to 2004 it's at the 4:00 position near the rim. Nickels minted in 2005 have the date at the 5:00 position near the rim. Nickels minted since 2006 have the date below the word "Liberty" Many people are confused by the special commemorative nickels made to honor the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some of these coins have the expeditions' starting date 1803 on the back, but that's clearly not the date the coins were minted.
The U.S. didn't begin minting nickels until 1866. If the date 1803 is above an image of a handshake, then what you have is one of the Westward Journey nickels, commemoration 200 years since the Lewis and Clark expedition. It was minted in 2004 and is worth five cents.
The US first minted nickels in 1866.You may have a 2004 nickel minted to commemorate the Lewis and Clark expedition. It carries the date 1803 on the back to indicate the year that the expedition began.
Please check your coin again and post a new, separate question. The first US nickels were minted in 1866. Lewis and Clark commemorative nickels minted in 2004 carry the expedition date 1803 on the back side. If that's what you have it's only worth face value to a dime in circulated condition.
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There is no such thing as an 1803 U.S. nickel.You have a Lewis & Clark commemorative nickel that was minted in 2004. Turn it over and look next to Jefferson's portrait.These are worth exactly 5 cents.there's no such thing as a 1803 nickel the date of when the nickel is made is on the front next to Jefferson's portrait and also the us mint did not start making nickels until 1866
Please post a new question with the coin's date. Circulation nickels were minted in San Francisco for nearly 50 years.
Indian head nickels were minted from 1913 to 1938. For unknown reasons 1877 is a commonly-used date for replica and fantasy pieces.
All US nickels, regardless of minting date, weigh 5.0 gm. Canadian nickels up to about 1999 weighed 4.54 or 4.6 gm; those minted after that date weigh 3.95 gm but there are exceptions due to mid-year composition changes.
It's called a Jefferson nickel. Liberty nickels were minted from 1883 to 1912. And 2006 is an extremely common date for Jefferson nickels. You should be able to find others in change with no difficulty, and they're only worth face value.
All Lewis and Clark nickels with the 1803 anniversary date on their reverse side should have a 2004 date on the front. Any suspected error coin would have to be inspected in person by a dealer or appraiser who handles numismatic errors.
On 1 March 1803.