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The following release is in response to the US Mint's pursuit of replacing the Reverse of the Jefferson nickel (Monticello) with a new design commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition. The coin would be released in 2003 - the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark. No decision is final at this time. 

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WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Eric Cantor last night introduced legislation, H.R. 4903, in the House of Representatives that would keep the image of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home, on the U.S. nickel. Congressman Cantor was informed late Friday afternoon of a U.S. Mint plan to remove Monticello from the reverse side of the nickel. Mint officials originally said the redesign plan would be made final on June 17.

“My office was notified of this decision very late in the process, and I’m offended on behalf of the people of Virginia that we were not given any chance to have any input on this decision, nor were the American people,” Congressman Cantor said. “The images of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello represent to America so much of what this nation was founded upon - the principles of liberty, freedom, and limited government.”

The remaining ten members of Virginia’s Congressional Delegation are original co-sponsors of Congressman Cantor’s bill.

“This is a matter of importance to me and the citizens of the Commonwealth. I introduced the ‘Keep Monticello on the Nickel Act’ to make sure that our heritage as Americans and Virginians is accurately represented and that Virginians have a voice in the process,” Congressman Cantor concluded.

A copy of Congressman Cantor’s bill is available by (link broken)clicking here.


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