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 2003 they featured an ant.There are at least 44 species of ant across 11 genera in Latvia. I have no idea what the significance of ants are to Latvians, but there it is.
Many thanks to Marilynn, who found this coin and donated it to the Coin Zoo! I have been looking for this one from the very beginning, so it is extra special.
All coin images in Daniel's Coin Zoo are from my personal collection. I collect, research, and personally photograph every coin displayed on this site. PLEASE do not take my images without permission. If you would like to use any coin image you see, just ask me. Thank you.