The coins were initially slated to launch with the Twain gold commemoratives on January 14, but were delayed due to an error on the packaging. The error resided in a description of the coin’s reverse, on which Twain’s iconic characters Huckleberry Finn and Jim are seen fishing among other famous inhabitants of the author’s works. The reverse description initially cited the image of Huck and Jim as originating from Twain’s novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, rather than the correct book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The character of Huck Finn appears in both novels, but Jim only appears in the latter.
The introductory pricing period for these issues will run from February 1 through March 2, during which time the Proof silver dollar will be available for $45.95 and the Uncirculated version will cost $44.95. After that, the Proof issue will cost $50.95 and the Uncirculated coin will be priced at $49.95. A shared mintage limit of 350,000 pieces has been put in place to cover both options. More information on the included obverse and reverse designs can be found here.
According to the Mint’s most recent sales report, the 2016 Mark Twain gold Proof coin has sold 7,432 pieces since its release, while the Uncirculated issue has sold 3,518. For more information on the Mark Twain commemorative coin program, please visit the U.S. Mint’s Web site.