Updated: 26.01.2011

Riga, 26 March 2009

The Bank of Latvia has issued a silver collector coin Piglet. The design of the reverse of the coin is based on a graphic art work by Emilija Adumane, the winner of the children's contest of drawings "My Dream Coin". The coin was modelled by sculptor Ligita Franckevica. 

In 2008, the Bank of Latvia invited children from all over Latvia to the contest of drawings "My Dream Coin", and approximately four thousand young coin designers took part. It was an opportunity for the Bank of Latvia, on the basis of the children's drawings, to get an insight what Latvian money should look like from the very youngest of its users' point of view. The children, in turn, had a chance to participate in traditionally adult-world processes. 

It was extremely difficult to select the winner of the contest, but the highest evaluation was awarded to Emilija Adumane from Riga (she was six years old at that time). Her graphic work "LAC 1" ("1 lats" in her spelling) depicted a piglet - a symbol of welfare, generosity and cheer, a star in children's books and films, as well as a favourite image in Latvian folklore and art. A piglet is also associated with savings and prosperity.

The eight-year old author Emilija Adumane receives a silver 1 lats coin "Piglet" from Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor of the Bank of Latvia (photo from the archives of the Bank of Latvia).

Today Ilmars Rimsevics, the Governor of the Bank of Latvia, congratulated the author of the coin and her teacher Ieva Helmute, the Head of the Graphic Art Workshop of Riga Centre Applied Arts School, on the issuance of the coin. He wished this event would bring good luck in Emily's life and that Emily, having achieved her first success with her work, would not miss the chance to pass on good and happy thoughts to other people. 

The author Emilija Adumane, who is now a pupil of form one of the above school, receiving the Piglet from the Governor of the Bank of Latvia, was happy that her drawing had been depicted on the coin in its original form and the name of the coin had also been retained. It was her Dad Austris whom Emilija first showed the coin - he was also present at this important event in his daughter's life. 

The silver 1 lats coin Piglet is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia. The maximum number of issued coins is limited to 5 000. The coin Piglet will be on sale at the Bank of Latvia and such traditional points of coin sale as banks and souvenir and jewellery shops. The price of the coin at the Bank of Latvia's cashier offices is 23.10 lats.