Featuring a pair of clasped hands below a crossed peace pipe and axe, the reverse also bears the legend "Louisiana Purchase 1803 to commemorate the year this historic purchase was made.
The Keelboat coin, released in late 2004, features an image of the keelboat Lewis and Clark used to traverse the rivers of the Louisiana Territory to search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. Things changed even more with the release of the 2005 coins.
Snow speculates, a die gouge as originally reported, or an unauthorized artistic endeavor in Denver, they have caught the attention of the collecting public.
As this is written in February 2005, these coins are still quite scarce, with the Extra Leaf Low variety somewhat scarcer than the Extra Leaf High variety, and each scarce variety coin currently brings three figure retail prices.
The final 2005 nickel shows a view of the Pacific Ocean in Oregon similar to that encountered by Lewis and Clark on November 7, 1805. In 2006, Jefferson and Monticello return to the nickel.
Captain Clark's journal entry for that date was, "Ocean in View! The design of Monticello to be featured on the reverse is virtually identical to the one used prior to 2004, with the most notable change being the addition of designer Felix Schlag's initials to the reverse at the right base of the building -- in exactly the same location that the mintmark appeared through most of 1938-1964.
Perhaps the best comparison to these coins is the famed 1937-D Three-Legged Buffalo Nickel, a variety caused by overpolishing of a single die.
Although the bison last appeared on a circulating coin with the 1938-D nickel, several commemoratives since that time have featured renditions of the beast on one side.