So-Called Dollars


Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), born in Missouri, took his pseudonym from early job as apprentice pilot on Mississippi River; cry "mark twain" meaning "two fathoms deep" during soundings taken on river boats. Humorist, journalist and author, he is known best for his humorous stories of American frontier life in 19th century.

Medal privately struck to commemorate centennial of his birth; model by Julio Kilenyi, New York sculptor; struck by Robbins Co., Attleboro, MA. Issued in two sizes, 3 in. and 1 1/2 in.

Photos courtesy of John Raymond

Obv. Male bust facing r.; behind r. shoulder, microscopic Kilenyi--all within circle, flat at bottom; outside, above around Samuel Langhorne Clemens; below circle Mark Twain / Centennial / 1835-1935.
Rev. UNIFACE except for microscopic Robbins Co / Attleboro at lower edge.

HK-775 Bronze. 38mm.

HK-773 to HK-774