US Mint ships in new nickels

180 million new US nickels are currently being shipped to the Federal Reserve and will sport their first new look for 66 years as part of the Mint's new Westward Journey Nickel Series.

The new nickels honour the 1803 Louisiana Purchase on the back but retain Thomas Jefferson on the front and should start showing up in cash registers in several weeks, Mint officials said Tuesday.

A total of 180 million new nickels have been sent to the Federal Reserve as of March 1, said Mint spokeswoman Becky

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