In The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami writes, “Money had no name of course. And if it did have a name, it would no longer be money. What gave money its true meaning was its dark-night namelessness, its breathtaking interchangeability.” And perhaps, in most cases, he is right. For Elisabeth Moos, future economist who is passionate about issues of fair trade and development, the faces and names behind the money are of immense importance. Behind the gleaming silvers and hardened greens are human faces, human corruptions, and human dreams.

For Elisabeth Moos, quarters especially have both a face and a name, that of her grandfather. I’ll let her tell the story.

Thank you for sharing, Liz. I will never look at a quarter in quite the same way again.

Au revoir,