WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today announced that limited-edition “Return to Monticello” Nickel Official First Day Coin Covers will be available online at www.usmint.gov beginning at noon (ET) on March 28, 2006. This product is limited up to 50,000 units.

Priced at $19.95, the Official First Day Coin Cover features two Return to Monticello nickels – one each from the United States Mint at Denver and Philadelphia. Struck at Denver on December 29, 2005, and at Philadelphia on January 4, 2006, the coins are mounted on a handsome display card with a cancelled 39-cent United States Lady Liberty and Flag postage stamp.

The postmark of January 12, 2006, Charlottesville, Virginia, marks the day the Return to Monticello nickel was first released to the Federal Reserve Bank and to the public, certifying this limited edition. The Return to Monticello nickel is the fifth and final reverse design in the Westward Journey Nickel Series™, authorized by Public Law 108-15, to commemorate the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. The obverse features the first image of a United States President facing forward on a coin.

Customers can purchase the Return to Monticello Nickel Official First Day Coin Covers online through the United States Mint’s secure website at www.usmint.gov, or by calling toll-free 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) 8:00 a.m. to midnight (ET), seven days a week. Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468) 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET), Monday through Friday. A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all orders. Please allow approximately two to three weeks for delivery.

Contact:
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)