Presentation folder of Latvia Euro Pattern coins 2004. A pattern coin is a coin used for evaluating a proposed coin design or for a collectability factor, but is not legal tender.
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Latvia Euro Pattern Set 2004
Limited Edition: Only 10,000 issued
Attractive illustrated Presentation Wallet with coins mounted in opaque capsules allowing viewing on both sides of coins.
No coin in this set has a legal tender value.
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Lativa Euro Pattern Design Concept
Latvia lies between Estonia and Lithuania. The capital, Riga is the largest and most vibrant city in the Baltics and is a great tourist attraction.
Latvia's economy is looking better than it was many years ago, and the nation's record growth of 7.6 at the start of the 21st century made it one of Eastern Europe's fastest growing economies, while inflation has been relatively low at less than half this figure.
The former Soviet republic discarded the Soviet rouble in 1992 in favour of its own rouble and then, in 1993, Latvia adopted the Lats.
The next step, as Latvia joins the European Union in 2004, is for the Bank of Latvia to embrace the euro, and this series of pattern coins seek to demonstrate how Latvia's fledgling euro coinage could look.
The pattern 2 euro and1 euro coins bear and obverse design which features the arms of Riga, the capital city, surrounded by the words LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA, theh date 2004, and the 12 stars of the European Union. The 50 cent, 20 cent and 10 cent coins feature a design of a 14th century trading cog to symbolise Latvia's long history as a maritime nation. Crossed mediaeval keys have been placed above the ship.
One of the central landmarks in Riga is the Freedom Monument (Brivibas bulvaris) erected in 1935 and paid for by public donations. A bronzed female Liberty holds up 3 stars facing west, representing 3 regions of Latvia - Kurzeme, Vidzeme adn Latgale. It has the inscription 'for Fatherland and Freedom' (Tevzemei un Brivibai). This important monument features on the copper 5 cent, 2 cent and 1 cent patterns.