The latest collector's coin from Latvia celebrates the countries cultural and artistic heritage in a new silver coin.
The coin is in fact a reproduction of the renowned porcelain art from the 1920's produced by the acclaimed Baltars Porcelain studio. This particular piece was first designed by artist Romans Suta in 1927. The plate is called “Dance” and is currently housed in the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design in Riga, Latvia, and is considered one of the greatest artistic treasures of the Latvian nation.
The first thing one might notice about the coin is that it's design is carefully arranged to mimic the original plate, in fact the idea s to make the coin itself look like a porcelain plate. The reverse design is colour treated to closely resemble the “Dance” plate. There are no further identifying markings on the reverse, all having been reserved for the obverse instead.
The obverse design is, let's say, sparse at best. Again meant to mimic the underside of a plate. The most prominent feature is the “BALTARS” logo that appears in black slightly to the left of centre. The coin has a rimless design ans is slightly beveled towards the outside, settling for a “inner rim” on the obverse only. This completes the illusion of tiny plate. The remainder of the coin has a reverse proof finish with the words :LATVIJA” appearing to the top, “5 EURO” to the bottom and “2016” horizontally to the right of the inner rim. The coin was designed by artist Frančeska Kirke.
This memorable collector's coin is minted for Latvia by the Lithuanian Mint with maximum mintage of 5000 coins. The coin is a standard crown size at 38.61mm(1.52 Inch) and weighs in at 18grams(0.6349 oz)of sterling silver(.925 Fineness). The coins are being made available to order for €53.00 each from the Latvijas Banka Cashier's Offices, and initial reports are that they are selling fast.