The National Bank of Latvia have issued (14th December) a memorable Christmas coin which includes a very appetizing traditional gingerbread cookie. Just in time for the festive season, the coin awakens the Christmas spirit with a gingerbread in the shape of a heart almost enabling the recipient to indulge in the whole bouquet of aromas and tastes from the spices which make this treat so unique.
The coin is designed by artist Rūta Briede and is struck at the Royal Dutch Mint with a face value of one Lat. The reverse shows the featured heart-shaped pastry treat with the numeral “1” which offers the look of the numeral being baked into the ornate design including subtle “X”‘s positioned in various spots. The obverse of the coin carries the Latvian coat of arms along with the year of issue “2011” separated between the lower elements of the crest. The text “LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA” is included above and below the national heraldry.
Struck in cupro-nickel to a circulation quality, the coin measures 21.7 mm. in diameter and weighs 4.8 grams with a generous mintage of 1,000,000 pieces. It is expected that the coin will enter circulation today through commercial banks and post offices.
For more information in this and other coins offered by the Bank of Latvia, please visit their website at: http://www.bank.lv/en/money/collector-coins-of-the-bank-of-latvia