Central bank issues «bullet hole» coin

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The Latvian central bank, Latvijas Banka (LB) on December 5 announced its latest in a dizzying series of special collector coins. This one is hexagonal and has a fake bullet hole.

"To commemorate the heroes of the Christmas Battles and their eternal contribution to the future, a special collector coin has been struck, immortalising gazes of fearless eyes and wounds inflicted by bullets," the central bank explains.

"This coin is a dedication to the Latvian riflemen, heroes of the Christmas Battles, and their eternal contribution to the future. The Christmas Battles raged from 5 to 11 January 1917 (from 23 to 29 December 1916, old style) along a front line of 30 km stretching from Tīreļpurvs to Olaine. Latvian national military units, joined together in one division under major general Augusts Ernests Misiņš (1863–1940, later the first general of the Latvian army), were involved in theses battles for the first time," it adds.

"It was a kind of statement and proof of national vitality, a noble sacrifice on the altar of the dream about the would-be State of Latvia," the central bank adds.

The coin is made in Lithuania and limited to 5,000, each one costing €53.00. It goes on sale December 6.

The bank has even produced a video about it.


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