• Creator
  • Illinois Heritage Association
  • Created Date
  • 02/18/03
  • Description
  • Liberty is shown in profile wearing a crown. Thirteen stars representing the thirteen colonies are shown around the edge and the coin bears the date. The coin we call a "nickel" originated as a silver half-disme (dime) in 1792. The first half-disme coins were ordered struck by President Washington and he provided the bullion for them. They were not put into circulation. The half-dime size continued for seventy-nine years, even though its small... more
    Liberty is shown in profile wearing a crown. Thirteen stars representing the thirteen colonies are shown around the edge and the coin bears the date. The coin we call a "nickel" originated as a silver half-disme (dime) in 1792. The first half-disme coins were ordered struck by President Washington and he provided the bullion for them. They were not put into circulation. The half-dime size continued for seventy-nine years, even though its small size made it very inconvenient. In 1883 the Liberty Head or "V" nickel replaced a shield design. The first nickel five-cent coin was the shield type struck in 1866. It was three-fourths copper and one-fourth nickel. Source: Taxay, Don. New York: Arco Publishing Company, 1966. How we learn about communities; Communities and Geography; History of Money. 15 Economics; 16 History. less
  • Format
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