The Royal Canadian Mint has offered up a token of its appreciation for Canada’s best short story writer and Nobel Prize for Literature winner Alice Munro with the release of a collector’s edition $5 silver coin.
According to a press release, the Mint is also donating $10,000 to the Writers’ Trust of Canada, which honoured Munro in 1986 for her body of work. The donation is meant to “encourage a thriving writing community in Canada.”
For her to choose the writer’s trust [sic] as the recipient for the charitable proceeds is really a nice endorsement for an organization that’s working to further the careers of writers in Canada, Writers’ Trust executive director Mary Osborne tells Canada.com.
The coin, designed by Canadian artist Laurie McGaw, is inscribed with a passage chosen by Munro from her 2006 collection, The View from Castle Rock. The coin reads:
And in one of these houses “ I can’t remember whose “ a magic doorstop, a big mother-of-pearl seashell that I recognized as a messenger from near and far, because I could hold it to my ear “ when nobody was there to stop me “ and discover the tremendous pounding of my own blood, and of the sea.
On April 1, a limited mintage of 7,500 coins will be available from the Royal Canadian Mint for $69.95 each.