"In Latvian coin art, it is the most important event of the year," says the central bank.
Everyone is invited to cast a vote on which of the four collector coins minted in 2020 was the most appealing in terms of the artistic solution, emotional impact, originality and thematic aspect. Voting will take place via the Delfi.lv website: https://www.delfi.lv/latvijas-gada-moneta-2020/.
On 14 April 2021, when results are due to be announced, journalist Ilze Dobele will interview the artists of the coins issued in 2020 about their ideas, the process of creating the coins as well as their represented values. The interview will be broadcast on LSM.lv's Latvian-lnguage service.
The vote will conclude with a draw where the registered participants will have a chance to win one out of a pool of 12 collector coins, all issued in 2020.
Since 1993, Latvijas Banka has issued 98 lats collector coins and 39 euro collector coins, with over 50 Latvian artists having participated in designing them.
Four collector coins were issued in 2020:
- "Modernism in Latvia. The 1960s" (video);
- "Linden leaf" (video);
- "Ventastega" (video);
- "Personal freedom" (video).
Meanwhile, SIA Tilde and the Culture Information Systems Centre, in cooperation with Latvia's libraries, will organise an online quiz "Recognise the Cultural Symbols on Latvian Coins" (https://letonika.lv/spele). Five winners will each be awarded the collector coin "Personal freedom".