The Latvijas Banka is issuing (11th December) new eye-catching collector coins dedicated to the topic of “Personal Freedom.” The new coins are the result of an open call from the Bank of Latvia to aspiring Latvian artists to submit their ideas on the topic. The eye-catching geometrical design represents the debut work of Beate Šņuka, a young and promising designer in coin art.
Last year the Latvijas Banka invited students representing various artistic sectors to a discussion on the contemporary meaning of personal freedom. The artist of this coin dedicated her design to a philosophical theme and chose to symbolically feature the idea that the limits of our freedom are where another individual’s rights begin. Šņuka graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven, and her works have been showcased in various international exhibitions.
The silver collector coin entitled “Personal Freedom” is a particularly relevant and topical theme in our contemporary world, especially when the development of technologies allows everyone to freely express themselves on any issue whatsoever. This access enables all of us to think of the limits of our free will and the importance of respecting actions and opinions of others. Our behaviour in the virtual world affects society to the same extent as the society influences us. We can continue to enjoy the freedoms legally guaranteed to all of us as long as we respect the social norms set by society and the society respects the independence of each and every one.
As part of the unique design, the faces or surfaces of the hexagonal pyramids, are covered by frosting of different intensity, black colour print, gold plating, or mirror surface. Multi-faceted clusters, each representing a unique set of personality traits manifested in their actions, thinking, and emotional reactions which constitute the society where each and every person has his/her rights and duties, understanding of the social norms, and personal freedom.
The coins are produced by the Mint of Poland at their facilities in Warsaw and on behalf of the Bank of Latvia. The obverse side includes a low regular hexagonal pyramid featured at the bottom left, with its faces covered by frosting of different intensity, black colour print, gold plating, or mirror surface. The inscriptions 5 EURO, LATVIJA, and 2020 are placed in a semi-circle to the right along the upper edge.
The field of the reverse is filled with a mosaic of low regular hexagonal pyramids, with their faces covered by frosting of different intensity, black colour print, gold plating, or mirror surface. The flat edge includes incused lettering which reads LATVIJAS BANKA and is separated by rhombic dots.
|Proof with applied colour
The purchase of coins is only possible online. The coins are released from 12:00 (noon) on the 11th December. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, new numismatic products will not be available at the Cashier’s Office of Latvijas Banka. It is only possible to receive the coins purchased on the bank’s retail website either by post. However, if you do wish to pick up orders in person, the wearing of a face mask covering both the 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 has been extended to 20 business days.