Inscriptions: The obverse of the nickel features the words "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," and the year of minting, 1976.
Bicentennial Reverse: In honor of the Bicentennial, the reverse of the 1976 nickel underwent a special redesign, featuring an image of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home.
Collectors' Interest: While circulated 1976 nickels are common, collectors may seek out uncirculated or proof versions for their numismatic value.
Numismatic Sets: The coin can be found in various coin sets issued by the U.S. Mint, often in uncirculated or proof versions.
Special Mint Mark: The Philadelphia Mint struck a special Bicentennial nickel with the letter "S" (for San Francisco) mint mark to commemorate the occasion.
Continuing Tradition: The issuance of special coins to commemorate significant events or anniversaries is a tradition that continues in the United States, preserving the art of coinage.