1. Commemorative

    Munro on the Money

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    England has Jane Austen. Sweden has Astrid Lindgren (the creator of Pippi Longstocking). Now Canada has joined those countries that put female authors on their currency by minting a silver collector’s coin honoring Nobel laureate Alice Munro. Canada plans to mint only 7,500 copies of the coin, which has a $5 (Canadian) face value but will sell to collectors for $69.95 (Canadian). One face of the coin shows a hand writing in a book, while an “ethereal female figure [emerges] from a pen as a representation of one of the many central characters from Alice Munro's beloved short stories,” according to a statement from the Canadian Mint. The words in the book are taken from Munro’s story collection The View From Castle Rock: "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."

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