In 2016, a commemorative coin program will honor American author and humorist Samuel Clemens, better known to the world as Mark Twain. The program will include $5 gold coins and silver dollars with designs emblematic of his life and legacy.
The United States Mint has just released the design candidate images for the two coins in conjunction with the review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee during a meeting held yesterday. The candidates will also be reviewed in a subsequent meeting by the Commission of Fine Arts. The Board of the Mark Twain House and Museum also plays a role in the design selection process.
For the $5 gold coin, the US Mint prepared 16 different obverse design candidates and 10 different reverse design candidates, which are shown below. Coverage of the CCAC and CFA’s review and recommendations will follow.
You can also view the design candidates for the silver dollar in this post.
Obverse Design Candidates
Reverse Design Candidates