New Latvian collector coin arrives with sound of thunder!

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The Latvian central bank (Latvijas banka) has yet another collector coin to offer you - this time with a mythological and folkloric theme.

The graphic design of the collector coin was created by artist Edgars Folks, who looks like a grizzled SAS veteran in the video below, produced by the central bank to advertise its wares.

The coin was struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt in the Netherlands.

"The obverse of the coin displays a bearded rider wearing an ancient Latvian hero's outfit and throwing lightning bolts all around (Thunder). The reverse of the coin features a shawl spread on the ground and silver jewellery falling from the sky," the central bank says.

This is one dramatic, nay, epic coin!

The obverse of the coin bears an inscription "Kalējs kala debesīs, ogles bira Daugavā." (Smith forges in the sky, the coals burst into the Daugava), whereas the reverse features an inscription "Es paklāju villainīti, man piebira sudrabiņa." (I spread my shawl on the ground and collect a pile of silver).

The maximum mintage of the coin is limited to 4 000 and though the face value is 5 euros, it will cost you 47 euros.

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