Latvia 2014 25th Anniversary of the Baltic Way 5 Euro Silver Coin

The Bank of Latvia has issued a new silver collector coin dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Baltic Way. Also known as the Baltic Chain or Chain of Freedom, this was a peaceful demonstration that occurred on August 23, 1989 with approximately two million people joining hands to form a human chain spanning more than 600 kilometers across the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The demonstration drew global attention to the united desire of the Baltic nations to regain freedom and renew independence.

2014 Baltic Way Silver Coin

The symbolic obverse design depicts a single braid against an open field with the colors of the national flags of the three Baltic nations interwoven. The inscription “5 euro” appears at right with the additional inscriptions “BALTIJAS CEĻŠ 1989” (Baltic Way 1989) and the date “2014”.

reverse

The reverse design shows the image of a tree trunk with exposed roots. Inscriptions appear in a semi-circle ATMOSTAS BALTIJA (Awakening Baltics) on the left and LIETUVA LATVIJA EESTI (Lithuania Latvia Estonia) on the right.

The edge includes the inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA and LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA, separated by rhombic dots.

Each coin is struck in 92.5% silver to proof quality with color printing. The weight is 22.00 grams and the diameter is 35.00 mm. The artists of the coin are Visvaldis Asaris (graphic design) and Ligita Franckeviča (plaster model).

A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been indicated. The collector coins are on sale at Cashier’s Offices of the Bank of Latvia priced at 41.07 euro.

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  1. Koichi Ito says

    Does Royal Scandinavian Mint or First Coin Company sell 2014 Latvian 25th Anniverasary of Baltic Way 5 euros silver commemorative coins?
    Is it still possible that you can buy them at Bank of Latvia?

  2. Michael Zielinski says

    RSMint does seem to stock new releases from Latvia. They might just not have this one yet since it was released only yesterday. Ebay is also a source for the new issues since people seem to buy them locally and then list.

  3. Koichi Ito says

    I wish that Royal Scandinavian Mint or First Coin Company would also sell 2014 Latvian 5 euros silver “Old Stenders” commemorative coins later this year, as well as Baltic Way commemorative coin and other Latvian silver commemorative coins issued later this year.

  4. fmtransmitter says

    VA Rich says
    AUGUST 20, 2014 AT 5:56 PM

    Hey Guys, if anyone spots any graded Orion’s will you please let me know, thanks!
    will do buddy….

  5. fmtransmitter says

    St. Gaudens ANA showed today. Had to wait for a NON Florida seller as MCM charges me sales tax! Stunning coin I must say. Looking forward to future releases.

  6. Koichi Ito says

    If 2014 Latvian “25th anniversary of Baltic Way” 5 euros silver commemorative coins were released on August 19, 2014. So when is next Latvian 5 euros silver commemorative would be released by what date?

  7. says

    This coin was issued in Latvia on August 19, but the first part of the mintage (5,000 coins of 10,000) is sold only in the local market. The allocation for foreign dealers will be available when the 2nd shipment is received by the Bank of Latvia in mid-September. That means that this item will not be available from North American dealers until late September or early October.

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