Latvian central bank strikes gold!

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The Latvian Central Bank is back with yet another collector coin, and this time it's GOLD!

As ever, we shall step back and let the central bank tell you about its latest offering in its own, inimitable style:

The coin replicating a horseshoe fibula continues the series of euro gold collector coins dedicated to Latvia's centenary. In November 2016, a collector coin featuring a disc fibula was issued, but in 2018, the anniversary year, this series will be concluded with a golden collector coin replicating a bubble fibula.

According to the concept of artist Ingūna Elere, the brooch featured on the coin provides centuries-old information, while the hashtags highlighting the times we live in are located on the obverse of the coin. The brooch tells us a story about ancient times in Latvia's history, but the reverse of the coin – about the present day, i.e. how we communicate in the virtual environment and social networks, and how we select topics important to us.

So basically old on one side, new on the other.

And here's a funky GIF to let you see it spinning around.

This collector's piece is minted in Austria and can be yours from branches of the central bank and selected souvenir outlets for the not inconsiderable sum of 270 euros. It is legal tender (in Latvia only) but obviously as it's only worth 20 euros you'd have to be a certifiable lunatic to use it as such.

Since joining the eurozone in 2014, Latvia has issued no fewer than 21 different collector coins. You can read more about them HERE.

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