The long-lived penny is no more in Canada. The coin, this lowly currency, has indeed a huge history and personality. The fallen soldier’s blood was said to drop down as a current coin; it represented both the exaltation of wealth (the castle coin) and the miser (the coin in a sock); in Greece the coin was placed in the mouth of the deceased as fee
for the ferry-man, or on the eyes of the dead so they would not open them again and look at the next person to die. The cry goes out, “Come beloved and turn this kettle of copper into a kettle of gold)–not to mention all the ways in which we can become trapped in a bottle! Here is a many fasceted story that adapts to our human condition as easily as the raccoon to our cities.