The Bank of Latvia has issued a new 20-Lats silver collector coin which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the lats. The design of the new coin is taken from the the original 1-lats circulation coin.
The obverse features the coat of arms of the Republic of Latvia. The year 2013 appears at the base, with the inscription “LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA” appearing split above and beneath the central design.
On the reverse is the image of a salmon jumping out of the water. The denomination of “20 LATU” appears beneath. This design was originally created by Gunārs Lūsis for the 1-lats circulation coin. The 20 Lats denomination of the new silver coin was specifically chosen as twenty times the original face value. A small image of the original 1 lats coin appears below.
The 2013 Silver Salmon 20 Lats Coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a weight of 11 grams and diameter of 21.75 mm. The coins are struck to proof quality.
This appears to be the first collector coin release from the Bank of Latvia for this year. Their full collector coin program for 2013 will include the following:
- A coin dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the lats (the Silver Salmon coin)
- A coin dedicate to folk traditions or the “Baby Coin”
- A coin dedicated to the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner
- A coin dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Jāzeps Vītols
- A coin of innovative artistic or technical concept
- A coin within the program The Smallest Gold Coins of the World.
- A coin dedicated to Latvian writer R. Blaumanis
I am particularly looking forward to seeing their coin of “innovative artistic or technical concept”. Last year I wrote about their coin issued to mark the anniversary of the Riga Technical University, which was created from two detachable triangles. The issue was certainly innovate and proved very popular with collectors.
I am also interested to see the design for the gold coin. Previous releases of the series were struck in 1/25 ounces of .9999 fine gold. In 1993, the series featured the famous “Folk Girl” design used for the 1929 5-lats coin. The design recently appeared once again on a 1-lats silver collector coin. An image of the gold coin is shown above, I recently wrote about the silver coin here.