Twain To Have Own Coin!

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Seems Hartford’s own Mark Twain is worth his weight in gold or some other kind of currency…

“WASHINGTON, DC – Today Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal along with Congressman John B. Larson announced that the Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act will be sent to the desk of President Obama for his signature following last night’s passage by the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Larson originally introduced the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives during the 111th Congress and has long championed Mark Twain’s legacy and his historical significance to the city of Hartford and to the nation.


“Mark Twain contributed to the spirit of our great nation and the history of our state,” said Senator Lieberman.  “His timeless works are known across the world, and I am proud to have worked throughout my career to protect the Twain House and the surrounding historic Nook Farm neighborhood.  These commemorative coins will serve as a token of his lasting legacy.”


“Mark Twain is an American icon with deep roots and a proud history in Connecticut,” said Senator Blumenthal. “People of all ages from every corner of the globe seek to learn from Twain’s literary works, wisdom, and wit each day. This bill commemorates his cultural and historic legacy and empowers those organizations most committed to preserving it.”


“Readers and historians across the nation continue to find tremendous value in Mark Twain’s literary genius and unique perspective,” Congressman Larson said. “The Mark Twain coins will honor his legacy, and help give future generations the opportunity to study his contributions to Connecticut and America for years to come.”


The bill was recently sent back to the House after its initial passage, following a technical amendment by the Senate. Once signed into law surcharges associated with the Twain coins will help support four nonprofit organizations, including the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, that preserve the work and legacy of Mark Twain.”

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2 thoughts on “Twain To Have Own Coin!

  1. David

    Why this (not minor) information, from the LATimes, wasn’t included is quite confusing:

    During 2016, as many as 100,000 gold $5 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $35, while as many as 350,000 silver $1 coins will be issued with a surcharge of $10.

    According to the bill, the $5 coins will have a diameter of 0.85 inches and contain 90% gold and 10% alloy. The $1 coins will have a diameter of 1.5 inches and contain 90% silver and 10% copper.

    Displayed on each limited edition coin will be a designation of the value of the coin, along with an inscription of the year 2016.

    The surcharges from the coins will be divided equally among: the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn.; the Mark Twain Project at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library; the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in New York; and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal, Mo.

  2. Coined

    She has to go kiss up to corporate elite at a some sort of benefit for something. She doesn’t have time to cut and paste important information about a coin commemorating a guy who has been dead for a very long time.

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