There has been a bit of interest generated by my mention of
Twain's appearance in the April 1995 _The Numismatist_. A
Forum member has asked about the article, so I will sum-
marize, in case others are interested. Those wanting copies
might be able to inquire of the ANA at [log in to unmask]
The article is "American Arts Commemoratives" by Earl Haag.
The table of contents states, "Individuals who influenced
the development of the arts in America, such as Mark
Twain...are heralded on the U.S. Mint's American Arts
Commemoratives. Struck in the 1980s, this short-lived series
of gold medals poses quite a challenge to collectors."
The article itself asks, "Does the Mint's failed and nearly
forgotten commemorative program offer opportunities for
collectors?" It then discusses the (re-)legalization of
private ownership of gold in 1974; the debut and the design
quirks of the Mint's American Arts medallions (Mark Twain's,
issued in 1981, was of the one-ounce variety); the lack-
luster sales of the series; the fluctuation of the gold
market; and makes the tantalizing statement, "How many
American Arts commemoratives exist today is unknown."
It is ironic to note that the April 1995 issue of _The
Numismatist_ also includes an article about Gold Rush
tokens! (But those of Alaska, I'm afraid. Close, but no
Mary Leah Christmas