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New Mark Twain coin to be released in 2016

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

Mark Twain will soon be immortalized on a U-S coin thanks to a push by Hannibal's Mark Twain Museum and state lawmakers.

A campaign for the minting has been in the works for ten years, and now the proposal has passed Congress and is awaiting the President's signature.

Hundreds of thousands of one dollar silver coins and five dollar gold coins will be produced.

Mark Twain Museum officials say the money generated from coin collectors will go back to the community.

"It's exponential in our case because the money is going to be used to refurbish our old properties specifically Grants Drug Stores what we have targeted. As we improve the properties downtown, reopen buildings downtown. It brings in more tourism, more revenue for the city," said executive director of the Mark Twain Museum Cindy Levell.

The new coin is set to be released in 2016, but the design has not been selected yet.

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