Fairy Tale Coin III. The Old Man's Mitten
Bank of Latvia
Proof, with 3 colour print on the obverse
Arvīds Priedīte (graphic design), Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)
UAB Lietuvos monetų kalykla (Lithuania)
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: a patterned mitten is featured in the centre, with the lower body parts of a bear and a wolf protruding from it. A fly and a hare are featured on the left side, while a mouse is shown on the right side, with the inscription VECĪŠA CIMDIŅŠ (Old Man's Mitten) semi-circled to the right from the mitten.
Reverse: animals – a bear, a wolf, a mouse and a hare – holding their paws and happily dancing, are featured, while a fly is fluttering in between them. The bottom part features the inscriptions 5 EURO and the year 2017.
A brief annotation
"Once upon a time, there lived an old man. On a cold winter day, he went to the forest to cut firewood. He wanted to light his pipe and while looking for it lost one of his mittens." The lost mitten becomes a cosy shelter for a queen of flies, a squeaking little mouse, a white-tailed rabbit, a short-eared wolf and even a lumbering bear. Nobody is refused shelter. The old man's mitten figures here as a symbol of wisdom and sagacity, an expression of good sense and involvement. These qualities rescue in an evil hour those who are wise enough to unite. That is why, though squeezed and cramped in the mitten, the animals can dance in perfect unison.