Baltic centenary coin revealed

The design of a special €2 coin to mark the centenaries of the founding of the three Baltic states has been chosen by online vote.  

The winning design of six submitted to the contest was by Lithuanian artist Justas Petrulis and shows a symbolic plait in which the fates of the three Baltic sisters intertwine.

The design received the most votes in a public survey online in which six coin designs were offered (per two from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia).

14 302 people from all over the world, (except Antarctica from which no votes were received), participated in the vote, but the vast majority of votes (93%) came from the Baltic States.

In total, 4277 votes were cast for the work by the young Lithuanian designer Justas Petrulis; this is his debut in coin art.

Petrulis expressed the idea of his work in a poem:

Baltic sisters plaited their hair
As if one story – joint plait.
Mutual past, present and future,
Century of States unites three Baltic daughters.

Now the practical procedures, including harmonization of the coin designs at European Union institutions, will be commenced to mint the coin, Latvia's central bank said in announcing the winner.

100 participants in the vote will get gift packs of three commemorative coins in special souvenir packing – a coin each from Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian mintage.

The coin will enter circulation in early 2018.

 

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