‘Honey coin’ latest in Bank of Latvia’s Innovative Collectors Coins series

On May 22, 2018, the Bank of Latvia released the ‘Honey Coin’, the latest coin in the Innovative Collectors Coins series. The gold-plated proof quality silver coin was minted by UAB Lietuvos monetų kalykla (Lithuania).

According to the Bank of Latvia’s coin collectors’ website, bees and honey have been a part of Latvian culture for thousands of years. The first bees appeared in the territory of Latvia in approximately 6000 B.C, honey began to be consumed somewhere between the 2nd and 4th centuries, and, between the 10th and 14th centuries, honey, beeswax, and amber were significant trade goods. Additionally, ‘the “Honey Coin” is a symbol of diligence and sweetness of work.’

The coin has a nominal face value of 5 euro, has a mintage of 3000 pieces, and was designed by Artūrs Analts.

A brief video is available featuring an interview with the designer of the coin (in Latvian).

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia’s Coin Collectors’ page.

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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