APMEX offers a superb selection of Jefferson Nickels. Released in 1938, the Jefferson Nickel is the only current U.S. coin to be made in its original composition. Honoring Thomas Jefferson, the country’s third president, the Jefferson nickel is a familiar coin to many generations of Americans. In 1938 Felix Schlag designed the Jefferson nickel and won $1,000 for his efforts. His effort, which is still in production today, won over the submissions of 390 other artists. During World War II, the composition of the coins was changed to Silver so that nickel could be used to satisfy the demands for war materials.