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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Bill for Twain coin moves to U.S. Senate

  • The bill passed with 408 members saying yes to the coin and only four voted against it.

    “The entire program will be produced at no cost to the tax payers,” U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer said. “The Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal commemorates the childhood of a man who is one of the most recognized names in literature.”


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  • A commemorative coin saluting Hannibal native Mark Twain passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. It now heads to the U.S. Senate.
    The bill passed with 408 members saying yes to the coin and only four voted against it.
    “The entire program will be produced at no cost to the tax payers,” U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer said. “The Mark Twain Boyhood Home in Hannibal commemorates the childhood of a man who is one of the most recognized names in literature.”
    If the bill is approved by the Senate, which shouldn’t be an issue because they have passed a similar bill in the past, the bill goes to the desk of President Obama who signs the bill into action. The coin, however, will not become available until 2016. There will be $1 and $5 coins produced and sales will go to benefit institutions in Connecticut, California, New York and Missouri. Included in the mix is the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal.
    “This bill has been introduced in the past, but it wasn’t until Congressman Luetkemeyer got a hold of it and made it a priority that it came to fruition,” Cindy Lovell, executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum said. “We are incredibly pleased with the results of his leadership and determination. His staff has worked hard as well. Tanner Smith here in Hannibal, and Chris Mindnich in D.C., have put in some late hours on this, and all of us here are extremely grateful.”

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