American author Mark Twain once said that the lack of money is the root of all evil. Now he is getting his own commemorative coins.
Twain, whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was born in Florida, Missouri, Nov. 30, 1835, and raised in Hannibal, a port city near the Mississippi River that would later become the setting for many of his writings, notes the U.S. Mint. This year is the 180th anniversary of his birth.
He is best known for his novels, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”
The U. S. Mint said it will issue 100,000 $5 gold coins and 350,000 $1 silver coins to commemorate Twain’s life and legacy. They will be available Jan. 24, the Mint said. The coins show Twain and scenes from his literary works, including “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”
The gold coin’s face design features a portrait of Mark Twain. The coin’s reverse design depicts a steamboat on the Mississippi River
The silver coin’s face features a portrait of Mark Twain holding a pipe with the smoke forming a silhouette of characterss Huck Finn and Jim on a raft in the background.
The silver coin’s reverse features characters Twain’s works: The knight and horse from “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” the frog from “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and Jim and Huck from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”