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.
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