The United States
Mint is in the process of distributing surcharges from the sale of
coins from the two 2016 commemorative coin programs.
The Mint has already sent surcharge checks to two of the four
recipient organizations designated under the Mark Twain Commemorative
Coin Act, Public Law 112–201, with documentation being
processed for the other two, according to U.S. Mint spokesman Michael White.
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White said June 29 that no net surcharges have been distributed to
the National Park Foundation from the sale of the 2016 National Park
Service Centennial gold $5 half eagles, silver dollars and
copper-nickel clad half dollars authorized under Section 3055 of Public Law 113-291.
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The Mark Twain program generated net surcharges — after the Mint
recouped all production and related costs — of $1,711,750.
Audited sales of 18,679 Mark Twain half eagles (13,273 in Proof and
5,699 in Uncirculated) and 104,773 silver dollars (78,503 Proof and
26,270 Uncirculated) included surcharges of $35 added to the price of
each gold half eagle and $10 to each silver dollar.
The $1,711,750 net surcharges for the Mark Twain program are being
even split among:
➤ The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Conn., " to
support the continued restoration of the Mark Twain house and grounds,
and ensure continuing growth and innovation in museum programming to
research, promote and educate on the legacy of Mark Twain."
Documentation seeking release of the surcharges from the Mint is in
process, according to White.
➤ The University of California, Berkeley, for the benefit of the
Mark Twain Project at the Bancroft Library "to support programs
to study and promote the legacy of Mark Twain." Documentation
required for receiving the surcharges is not as far along in the
process as for the Mark Twain House & Museum, White said.
➤ Elmira College, New York. The recipient was paid its $427,937.50
share of the surcharges on May 5, 2017, toward "research and
➤ The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo. The home’s
$427,937.50 share of the surcharges were paid on May 31 "to
preserve historical sites related to Mark Twain and help support
programs to study and promote his legacy." Henry Sweets,
executive director, said the surcharges were placed into the
beneficiary’s endowment fund, earnings from which will be used to
maintain and preserve the Mark Twain-related properties in Hannibal.
Authorizing legislation for the 2016 National Park Service
Centennial coins mandates that any surcharges received by the National
Park Foundation be designated “for projects and programs that help
preserve and protect resources under the stewardship of the National
Park Service and promote public enjoyment and appreciation of those resources.”
Surcharges may not be used for land acquisition, according to the