New five euro collector’s coin “Pieci kaķi” inspired by Latvian folk fable

The Bank of Latvia has released the latest silver five euro collector’s coin. Entitled “Pasaku monēta I – Pieci kaķi” (Fairly Tale Coin I – Five Cats), it is inspired by the Latvian folk fable where five cats have difficulty bringing home cut wood, but eventually, only after they all start working together, bring home wood, start a fire, make porridge then go to sleep, well fed and content.

There have been various versions of the tale, including Vilma Delle’s (1892 – 1980), published in 1920, as well as a version by Alberts Kronenbergs (1887 – 1958), published in 1949.

The proof quality coin, with a face value of 5 euro was designed by artist Anita Paegle, modelled by Jānis Strupulis, was minted by UAB Lietuvos monetų kalykla and has a mintage of 10,000.

The coin is the first in a planned series to celebrate the most meaningful and beloved Latvian folk tales.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia 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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