On Wednesday, 24 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing a silver collector coin "Coin of Luck" featuring a five-petal lilac flower. The coin is an invitation to add work to your hopes and dreams, and, once you have both, luck will definitely follow.
The message of the coin is that luck may very well be accidental. Unlike fortune, however, it requires you to grab opportunities when they present themselves. Sometimes fortune is just a fluke and simply falls into one's lap without any effort. Yet, luck is no fluke.
A lilac flower with five petals is one of the symbols of luck. As the local tradition has it, when finding a five-petal flower, one should make a wish and eat the flower or dry it and keep it at hand.
Unlike a real five-petal lilac flower, the lucky lilac coin of Latvijas Banka should not be eaten. Instead, it should be given as a gift or kept for oneself so that its owner always holds the energy of luck. The capsule should only be gently held in one's fingertips every now and then to bring luck for yourself, your loved ones and all Latvia. The lucky lilac coin of Latvijas Banka presents an opportunity not to wait until spring, better times or befalling of good fortune, but take the matter of finding luck in our own hands.
The obverse of the coin features a five-petal lilac flower in colour print, whereas the reverse depicts a lilac panicle, with one lucky five-petal flower to be found within the entire cluster of tiny flowers.
The graphic design of the "Coin of Luck" has been created by Arvīds Priedīte, an experienced coin artist and the author of many collector coins issued by Latvijas Banka, whereas the author of the plaster model is Jānis Strupulis.
Video about the coin is available https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu0vkRQoRms.
Starting from 12.00 (noon) on 24 November, the new coin will be on sale online via e-monetas.lv, Latvijas Banka's website for purchases of collector coins and other numismatic products. The price of the coin is 53.00 euro; the purchase limit for one buyer will be 2 coins. The mintage of the coin is 4000. The coin was struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands).
The collector coin "Coin of Luck" is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia, yet the release of such coins in circulation is highly unlikely, as collector coins are in fact works of art and are in high demand among coin collectors and other interested parties.