Latvia 1-LATS (KM54)
Latvia 1-LATS (KM54)

Latvia 1-LATS (KM54) White Stork

When Latvia switched to the "new Lats" currency in 1993, the Bank of Latvia decided to diversify the design of the money by issuing 1-lats coins depicting signs, images, and events characteristic of Latvia.

In 2001 they featured a White stork building its nest. White storks are a common site during the summer in Latvia, when they arrive by the thousands to build nests -- two-thirds of them on power poles -- and raise their young. When August arrives, they head back to Africa for the winter. It is estimated that 5% of the world White stork population nests in Latvia.

Since the stork appears on this coin series, we can assume they are very important to Latvians. Some believe that having a stork nesting at your (farm) house brings good fortune and people will erect poles with circular platforms to encourage them to build nests.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 21.8 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel
  • CAT#: KM54

Obverse Legend

LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA 2001

Reverse Legend

1 LATS

Edge Legend

LATVIJAS BANKA ♦ LATVIJAS BANKA ♦

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