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S.1929 - Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act
A bill to require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of Mark Twain.
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Mr. BLUMENTHAL (for himself, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mrs. MCCASKILL, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. SCHUMER, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, and Mrs. FEINSTEIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban AffairsCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was a unique American voice whose literary work has had a lasting effect on the history and culture of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) The literary and educational legacy of Mark Twain remains strong. Nearly every book he wrote is still in print, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, neither of which has gone out of print since it was first published, more than a century ago.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Even today, people in the United States seek to know more about the life and work of Mark Twain. People from around the world and all 50 States visit national historic landmarks like the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(6) The work of Mark Twain is remembered for addressing the complex social issues facing the United States at the turn of the century, including the legacy of the Civil War, race relations, and the economic inequalities of the so-called ‘Gilded Age’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. COIN SPECIFICATIONS.
(a) Denominations- The Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter in this Act referred to as the ‘Secretary’) shall mint and issue the following coins in commemoration of Mark Twain:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 4. DESIGN OF COINS.
SEC. 5. ISSUANCE OF COINS.
SEC. 6. SALE OF COINS.
SEC. 7. SURCHARGES.
(b) Distribution- Subject to
(1) One-fourth of the surcharges shall be paid to the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, to support the restoration of the Mark Twain house and grounds and to ensure growth and innovation in museum programming to research, promote, and educate on the legacy of Mark Twain.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) One-fourth of the surcharges shall be paid to the Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley, California, to support programs to study and promote the legacy of Mark Twain.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) One-fourth of the surcharges shall be paid to the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, New York, to support programs to study and promote the legacy of Mark Twain.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) One-fourth of the surcharges shall be paid to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri, to preserve historical sites relating to Mark Twain and to support programs to study and promote the legacy of Mark Twain.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Audits- The Comptroller General of the United States shall have the right to examine such books, records, documents, and other data of each of the organizations referred to in subsection (b) as may be related to the expenditures of amounts paid under that subsection.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(d) Limitation- Notwithstanding subsection (a), no surcharge may be included with respect to the issuance under this Act of any coin during a calendar year if, as of the time of such issuance, the issuance of such coin would result in the number of commemorative coin programs issued during such year to exceed the annual 2 commemorative coin program issuance limitation under