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Alice Munro honoured by Royal Canadian Mint

Alice Munro

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.