Created on 11.11.2014

On Wednesday, 12 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing the Coin of the Seasons, a new 5 euro silver collector coin dedicated to Latvian ethnographic and folklore traditions.

The graphic design of the Coin of the Seasons is created by Arvīds Priedīte, and Ligita Franckeviča is the author of the plaster model. The coin was struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands). The obverse features the Sun surrounded by the images of four farm labourers, depicted in an activity typical for one of the seasons. The ancient names of the season-concluding months are circled along the outer ring of the obverse. The reverse of the coin shows a potato with straws stuck into it, i.e. a traditional interior decoration of ancient Latvians, which in turn is surrounded by the images representing Latvian seasonal traditions. The names of ancient seasonal celebrations are circled along the outer ring of the reverse.

The constant alternation of the seasons is reflected in Latvian ethnography and folklore; seasonal processes organise the rhythm of people's lives and every-day activities. Via the change of seasons, the nation nurtures love for Latvia's nature, thus laying a solid foundation for such virtue as love for the native country and Fatherland.

The Coin of the Seasons is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia (yet hardly to be found in circulation, as collector coins in general are miniature works of art, highly admired and demanded by the numismatic community and other interested parties). Its maximum mintage is limited to 10 000 coins.

Starting with 12 November, the new collector coin will be on sale at Latvijas Banka (cashier offices at K. Valdemāra ielā 1B in Riga, and in Liepāja and Daugavpils Branches) and such traditional points of sale as banks and souvenir and jewellery shops. The price of the coin at Latvijas Banka's cashier offices is 35.99 euro.