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Lettland sucht seine Münze des Jahres 2017


The graphic design of the collector coin "Gold Brooches. The Horseshoe Fibula" has been created by Ingūna Elere, and the plaster model by Solvita Rulle. Both artists are also the authors of the coin replicating the disc fibula.

From 3 April to 17 April 2018, Latvijas Banka, in cooperation with the news portal Delfi, organises a public vote for Latvia's Coin of the Year 2017. Such a public vote takes place on a regular basis; it is an important annual event in Latvian coin art.

Everyone is invited to express his/her opinion as to which of the collector coins minted in 2017 is the most appealing one in terms of the artistic solution, is emotionally moving, original or depicts the most interesting subject. The results of the vote and the award ceremony on 27 April will acknowledge artists' creativity and will show which issues and artistic solutions are the most popular with the public.

The results of the vote will be announced at the award ceremony on 27 April 2018 and published on Latvijas Banka's website bank.lv, as well as in the portals "Delfi.lv" and "rus.Delfi.lv". The vote will conclude with a draw where registered participants will have a chance to win one out of a pool of 16 collector coins all issued in 2017.

Six collector coins dedicated to Latvian culture, history and people were issued in 2017. Fairy Tale Coin III. The Old Man's Mitten (video), "Latgale Congress" (video), "Gold Brooches. The Horseshoe Fibula" (video),"Eduards Veidenbaums" (video), "Smith Forges in the Sky" (video) and "The First Session of LPNC" (video).

One of the purposes of the silver and gold collector coins is to tell the story of essential events in Latvian history, personalities, achievements in culture and philosophical categories to people in Latvia and abroad. Each coin carries a laconic message communicating rich content. It has been developed in an intensive creative process managed by the Coin Design Commission of Latvijas Banka, consisting of Latvijas Banka's specialists, outstanding Latvian experts of art and culture, and artists.

Anyone can vote for his/her favourite coin in portal "Delfi.lv" – http://www.delfi.lv/latvijas-gada-moneta-2017/.

Expert commission of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMM), composed of Māra Lāce, LNMM Director, Inese Baranovska, Head of LNMM Museum of Decorative Art and Design, and Elita Ansone, Head of LNMM Collections and Scientific Research Department ARSENĀLS, will decide which is the best coin in terms of artistic solution. This coin will be awarded the LNMM Special Award.

The graphic design of the collector coin "Gold Brooches. The Horseshoe Fibula" has been created by Ingūna Elere, and the plaster model by Solvita Rulle. Both artists are also the authors of the coin replicating the disc fibula.

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