One of the biggest crimes ever committed by man in his long symbiosis with this beautiful world haas been the callous disregard for the environment we need for our survival. Greed and arrogance has long taken precedence over common sense, but finally, we’re seeing grass-roots movements bringing the various abuses to light. There’s no greater gift you can give to both humanity and the planet than to recognise, and try to fix that damage.
Fortunately, the masses are making their voices heard and we’re seeing great strides made in renewable energy sources, recycling and corporate responsibility. Much remains to be done, but just half a century ago, it wasn’t even talked about. That progress is being seen, not just out in the wilds, but in our urban spaces as well. Cities like Singapore, have embraced the incorporation of nature into their very fabric and any citizen of any town can appreciate the benefit of moving away from the concrete jungle to spaces filled with nature.
The Baltic state of Latvia is issuing a new coin celebrating the relationship between man and nature in the formers biggest spaces, using the old historic city of Riga for inspiration. The most obvious nod to the subject matter is the shape of this 18 gram coin, taking on the form of a linden tree leaf. Found in most of the temperate Northern Hemisphere, they are large (20-40 m tall) deciduous trees with leaves that vary in size from 6-20 cm, depending on species. Artist Mārcis Kalniņ and sculptor Ligita Franckeviča have created a very cool numismatic representation of the leaf.
One side is dedicated to nature, reproducing the vascular look of a linden leaf. The other face very cleverly evokes a similar style using a street map of Riga itself. The idea is inspired, the actual coin realised superbly. At under 32 mm at its widest, this sterling silver coin isn’t a huge one, but the 5,000 mintage and affordable €53.00 price-point mean it’s an easily attainable one. Of special note, all the packaging uses recycled materials, as does the coin itself – the silver all coming from recycled sources. Available from 03 November, this is exactly the kind of innovative coin design we love here.