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Mark Twain to appear on commemorative coin

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 6, 2012 at 6:14 pm •  Published: December 6, 2012

Lawmakers from Connecticut, where Twain lived in his later years, also sponsored the bill, and celebrated its enactment.

"This coin will not only embody a true Connecticut legend, but also help fund facilities that make Twain's memory real and historic in Connecticut life," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "I am proud that Connecticut will continue to be a destination for Americans interested in this great icon of writing and scholarship and the coin will be invaluable to this work."

The House passed the bill in April and the Senate passed it in November.

Twain was born Samuel Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Mo., but his family moved to Hannibal four years later. He lived there until he was 17.The Hannibal museum properties include the house where Twain lived and several artifacts.