'Stardust' named Latvia's coin of 2023

An annual poll has decided that Latvia's Coin of the Year 2023 is the coin "Stardust" dedicated to Imants Ziedonis, a distinguished poet and writer of Latvian culture.

In the public survey held by Latvijas Banka and the portal Delfi from 19 March to 4 April, over 31,000 votes were cast in this year's survey, with the coin "Stardust" receiving more than 6,700 votes. The graphic design of the coin has been created by artist and illustrator Līga Kitchen while Ligita Franckeviča is the author of the plaster model.

Latvijas Banka issued this collector coin to memorialise the creative spirit of Imants Ziedonis, one of Latvia's most renowned poets, through the artistry of coin design. In 2023, he would have celebrated his 90th birthday.

Overall, six coins were issued in 2023: "Stardust", (video); "Song Thrills" (video); "100 Years of Basketball in Latvia" (video); "The Golden Horses" (video); "Fan of Light Rays" (video); "Riga Fashion" (video).

Since 1993, Latvijas Banka has issued 98 lats collector coins and 53 euro collector coins. Overall, more than 50 artists from Latvia and one artist from Ukraine have participated in designing Latvian coins.

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