The state commemorative quarter program, which started in 1999 and continues through 2008, will introduce five new designs in 2006. The commemorative quarters are being released in the order of each state's entry into the Union: Nevada, Nebraska, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Nevada quarter starts circulating March 13. More information is available at www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/.
The U.S. Mint in 2006 will release a nickel featuring Thomas Jefferson's visage modeled after a portrait painted in 1800 when he was elected president. The reverse will feature the familiar scene of Jefferson's Virginia home, Monticello, but crisper and cleaner than the image has been in recent years.
The front will also include the cursive "Liberty" inscription that debuted on the 2005 nickels, which is again presented in Jefferson's own handwriting.
The 2006 nickel is part of the Mint's West-ward Journey Nickel Series. Last year's designs included the return of the buffalo nickel. See the designs at www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/.