Central Bank to issue Baltic Way collector coin

The Latvian Central Bank said Monday it was releasing a new coin aimed at collectors to commemorate 25 years since the Baltic Way.

Released on Tuesday, 19 August, Latvijas Banka is issuing a new 5 euro collector coin designed by Visvaldis Asaris, and struck in the Netherlands by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt. 

The images on the coin are a braid with ribbons in the colours of national flags of the three Baltic States woven in it and a tree trunk with exposed roots.

"The coin is a dedication to the peaceful demonstration of 23 August 1989, unique on an international scale, when about 2 million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania joined their hands to form a human chain, which for 15 minutes was spanning over 600 km through the capital cities of Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga," the Latvijas Banka said in a statement.

The coin is legal tender in Latvia only and is limited to 10,000 examples.

The new collector coin will be on sale at the Central Bank's offices in Riga, Liepāja and Daugavpils as well as at other points of sale such as souvenir and jewelry shops, costing 41.07 euros.

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