Herd on the Street: 'Buffalo' Nickel Returns The U.S. Mint unveils a new design for the nickel. The new coin features a tightly cropped close-up of Thomas Jefferson on the front and an American bison on the back -- marking the buffalo's return to the five-cent coin for the first time since 1938.
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Herd on the Street: 'Buffalo' Nickel Returns

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Herd on the Street: 'Buffalo' Nickel Returns

Herd on the Street: 'Buffalo' Nickel Returns

Herd on the Street: 'Buffalo' Nickel Returns

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The new nickel: Front (obverse) design by Joe Fitzgerald; back (reverse) by Jamie Franki. U.S. Mint hide caption

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The new nickel: Front (obverse) design by Joe Fitzgerald; back (reverse) by Jamie Franki.

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The U.S. Mint unveils a new design for the nickel. The new coin features a tightly cropped close-up of Thomas Jefferson on the front and an American bison on the back — marking the buffalo's return to the five-cent coin for the first time since 1938.

The bison replaces Monticello, Jefferson's Virginia home, on the back of the nickel.

NPR's Robert Siegel discusses the new coin with Joe Fitzgerald, who designed the coin's new Jefferson front.