Fairy Tale series “Eža Kažociņš” coin released

As the first commemorative collector’s coin released in 2016, the Bank of Latvia has chosen to continue the Fairy Tale (‘’Pasaku monēta’) series (the first release – ‘Pieci kaķi’ was released in 2015), this time producing a coin inspired by the Latvian folk fable ‘Eža kažociņš’ (Hedgehog’s Coat).

‘Eža kažociņš’, the story of a hedgehog that, regardless of his small stature, is able to herd pigs in the forest. The hedgehog, using his cleverness and bravery, marries the princess and he himself turns into a prince. One of the most popular variations of the story was by Vilis Plūdonis in 1921, as well as poet Māra Zālīte’s interpretation in 1991.

The oval shaped coin, minted by UAB Lietuvos monetų kalykla (Lithuania), was designed by Gundega Muzikante, and the plaster model was created by Ligita Franckeviča. The silver proof quality coin has a mintage of 10,000 and has a nominal value of 5 Euro.

This is not the first time the hedgehog has appeared on Latvian currency – a special 1 Lats coin was produced in 2012.

A video about the coin (in Latvian with English subtitles) can be viewed here.

In addition to Fairy Tale Coin II, further collector’s releases planned for this year will include the following themes:

The 150th anniversary of the birth of Latvian artist Janis Rozentāls

  • Latvian porcelain
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Golden Brooch I (The first coin in the planned three-coin series dedicated to the centenary of the State of Latvia in 2018)
  • The Christmas Battles
  • Innovative coin The Earth

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia Collector’s Coin website.

 

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

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