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The Royal Canadian Mint has dedicated its 2023 Proof Silver Dollar to celebratin­g the life of Canada’s first woman journalist, Kathleen ‘Kit’ Coleman.

Born in County Galway, Ireland and emigrating to Canada in 1884, Kit Coleman first joined the Toronto Daily Mail as a Women’ Editor and later became North America’s first accredited woman war correspond­ent, gaining internatio­nal fame for her coverage of the aftermath of the Spanish-American War. She also helped establish the Canadian Women’s Press Club, and served as its first President. Her journey is told through the artistry of Pandora Young, who used Kit’s silhouette as the canvas upon which the main chapters of her life are richly illustrate­d on the reverse of the coin.

Key moments in the journalist’s life and career represente­d on the coin include: The Mail and Empire building in Toronto, Ont.; SS Circassian, the passenger ship that brought the Irish-born writer to Canada in 1884; a partial map of the Atlantic Ocean, to represent her travels and dispatches; a view of Kit writing at her desk; and a vintage typewriter that symbolises her legacy and impact on Canadian journalism.

Dr. Barbara Freeman, Author of Kit’s Kingdom: The Journalism of Kathleen Blake Coleman and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University said: ‘Her appointmen­t as war correspond­ent to Cuba during the Spanish-American War was definitely inspiring, but it’s equally important that for 25 years or more she excelled at everyday journalism with her weekly women’s page, as well as with her colourful accounts of her travels, despite being a single mother most of that time.’

The Mint is also introducin­g an updated obverse design that will appear on 2023 collector and bullion coins until a new permanent obverse is adopted on Canadian coins. The Susanna Blunt-designed effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is accompanie­d by a special marking consisting of a vertical inscriptio­n of the dates ‘1952’ and ‘2022’, separated by four pearls symbolizin­g the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins throughout the reign.

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