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Published: 08.12.2020

On Friday, 11 December, Latvijas Banka is issuing a collector coin "Personal Freedom"; this is a debut of Beate Šņuka, a young and promising designer, in coin art.

In 2019, Latvijas Banka had invited students representing various sectors to a discussion on the contemporary meaning of personal freedom. The artist of this coin, dedicated to a philosophical theme, has chosen to symbolically feature the idea that the limits of our freedom are where another individual's rights begin. She has depicted these limits by creating regular adjacent hexagonal pyramids and applying various finish techniques.

For the attention of the media and interested parties!

The purchase of coins will be possible only on the website e-monetas.lv from 12.00 (noon) on 11 December. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new numismatic products will not be available at the Cashier's Office of Latvijas Banka. It will be possible to receive the coins purchased on the website e-monetas.lv either by post or to pick them up at the Cashier's Office of Latvijas Banka. Should you choose to pick them up at Latvijas Banka, please note that wearing a face mask covering your mouth and nose is mandatory during your visit at the entrance hall and Cashier's Office of Latvijas Banka. For the convenience of customers and to reduce the COVID-19-related risks, the time for picking up the coins purchased on the website e-monetas.lv has been extended to 20 business days.

Please note that should the epidemiological situation worsen, the procedure of collecting/delivery of the purchased numismatic products may be subject to change. In such a case, customers will be notified. In view of the uncertain situation, for your own safety we would encourage you to consider and, to the extent possible, choose delivery by post.

The silver collector coin "Personal Freedom" is dedicated to a particularly topical theme today when the development of technologies allows everyone to freely express themselves on any issue whatsoever. This makes one think of the limits of our free will and the importance of respecting actions and opinions of others. Our behaviour affects the society to the same extent as the society influences us. We will be free as long as we respect the social norms set by the society and the society respects the independence of each and every one.

The obverse and reverse of the coin features regular hexagonal pyramids, with their faces covered by frosting of different intensity, black colour print, gold plating or mirror surface. Multi-faceted individuals, each with a unique set of personality traits manifested in their actions, thinking and emotional reactions, constitute the society where each and every one has his/her rights and duties, understanding of the social norms and personal freedom.

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Beate Šņuka is the author of the graphic design of the collector coin. The young artist has graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, her works have been showcased in various international exhibitions.

Starting from 12.00 (noon) on 11 December, the new coin will be on sale online via e-monetas.lv, Latvijas Banka's website for purchases of numismatic products. The price of the coin is 53.00 euro; the purchase limit for one buyer will be 4 coins. The mintage of the coin is 3500 pieces. The coin was struck by Mennica Polska S.A. (Poland).

The collector coin "Personal Freedom" is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia, yet the release of such coins in circulation is highly unlikely, as collector coins are in fact works of art and are in high demand among coin collectors and other interested parties.