the Louisiana Purchase cost 300,000,000 of them
i always love the redesign of currency (though i will continue to fight for the eradication of the penny). perhaps it's not as exciting as coins minted with silver recovered from the World Trade Center, but the US Mint today unveiled it's new nickel re-designs for 2005. there's a new, more detailed mug shot of Jefferson on the front that takes up the enitre left side, pushing the motto to the right, while a script "Liberty" appears to be wafting from his lips. there a two versions of the back, one a pretty standard buffalo shot, the other a "depiction of the western waters as first viewed by the Corps of Discovery in November, 1805".
all in all i think it looks pretty good and i look forward to them rattling around my pockets for years to come. but why did they put the "Ocean in view! O! The joy!" line on there? it seems superfluous, quite a bit dated, and has far too many exclamation points for legal tender. i can only assume that it's a quote from Lewis & Clark's diary or somesuch, which is all well and good but how about a cool slogan like "54*40' or Fight!"? now that would look good on a coin. come to think of it, so would James K. Polk.