The Bank of Latvia will issue (3rd November) unique leaf-shaped silver Proof quality coins which are to highlight and promote ecological causes and activities not only in Latvia but worldwide. Ecology, and the many activities associated with it, emphasise the importance of taking good care of our environment. Retaining as much greenery as possible means developing the concept of a sustainable city where everything is in balance with the environment.
In comparison to other urban cities, Riga, Latvia’s capital city and largest metropolis, is relatively green in terms of open spaces and clean air, and these qualities are becoming more essential with more urban development.
Just like a leaf, which has its own venation pattern, a city also has a network of streets, overpasses, and roads. In Riga, the Linden tree is one of the most common and resistant trees you can find in the city. As urban nature is extremely beneficial, it is also critically vulnerable, and, it is this balance humans must continually and carefully cultivate to preserve their urban environment.
The Royal Dutch Mint produces the silver coins in the shape of a Linden tree leaf at their facilities in Houten on behalf of the Bank of Latvia. They are designed by Artists Mārcis Kalniņš (graphic design) and Ligita Franckeviča (plaster model). The obverse side prominently features the arrangement of the intricately detailed veins in a leaf. The text LATVIJA 2020 €5 all appear spaced.
The reverse side is in contrast, as the design highlights the similarity to streets and paths which resemble the network of veins nourishing the leaf itself. The design also includes areas of open space and a waterway.
The collector coin dedicated to ecology was developed as an environmentally friendly project with recycled silver being used for minting and recycled paper being used for its packaging and informational materials. For additional information about this coin and other coins issued by the Bank of Latvia, please visit their website.