Hunting for mushrooms is one of Latvia’s favorite pastimes and now a focus of that activity, the baravika, will be found on a new 1-lat coin.
The Bank of Latvia announced March 31 that it will start circulating a half million coins with the mushroom on the reverse. The coin joins a series of 1-lat pieces that honor Latvian symbols. Others in the series include the salmon, the stork and the ant.
The baravika is a large edible mushroom. In Latvia, people often make trips into the countryside to hunt for them and other mushrooms.
The baravika coin was designed by Guntars Sietiņš, who won a two-tiered competition conducted by the bank. The new coin was minted by Rahapaja Oy of Finland.
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