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The Euro coins from Latvia

Latvia joined the euro area on 1 January 2014. On that date the euro replaced the lats at the fixed exchange rate of €1 = LVL 0.702804. Latvian euro coins feature three separate designs. The design of the national side was published in July 2006 by the National Bank of Latvia. The designs featured will be the Latvian maiden (which featured on the 5 lats coin prior to World War II) on the 1 and 2 euro coins, the great Coat of arms of Latvia on the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and the small Coat of arms of Latvia on the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins.
Letonia había planeado originalmente adoptar el euro como divisa oficial el 1 de enero de 2008. Se espera ahora que Letonia introduzca el euro en 2012 o 2013.

Latvija pievienojās euro zonai 2014. gada 1. janvārī. Tā kā Latvija jau kopš 2004. gada 1. maija ir Eiropas Savienības dalībniece un ir Eiropas Savienības Ekonomikas un Monetārās Savienības dalībniece, tad Latvijai bija paredzēts līdz 2008.

1 Cent 2 Cent 5 Cent

Motive 1, 2 & 5 ct.: Small coat of arms

The 5-, 2- and 1-euro-cent coins feature the small coat of arms of Latvia.

Uz 1, 2 un 5 centu monētām nacionālās puses būs attēls Latvijas mazā ģerboņa.

10 Cent 20 Cent 50 Cent

Motive 10, 20 & 50 ct.: Great coat of arms

The symbol of statehood gained and regained in the 20th century adorns the euro cent coins. The 50-, 20- and 10-euro-cent coins feature the great coat of arms of Latvia.

Uz 10, 20 un 50 centu monētām nacionālās puses būs attēls Latvijas lielā ģerboņa.

1 Euro 2 Euro    2 Euro (old)

Motive 1 & 2 €: Latvian maiden     /     Freedom Monument

The folk maiden depicted on the one-euro and two-euro coin is a symbol of both traditional virtue and Latvian national currency, for it was this same portrait that adorned the reverse of the silver five-lats coin designed for the newly independent Latvian state by Rihards Zarins in the 1920s. This coin would become a guarded treasure during occupation and in exile and the issuance of its smaller replica in gold for the "World's Smallest Coins" series after Latvia regained independence marked the tenth anniversary of the restoration of the national currency.

Originally, the Freedom Monument was planned to be featured on the two-euro coin, but as the original design did not meet the regulations of the ECB (it reached out into the ring of the coin and changed one of the stars), it had to be changed; Latvia decided that a changed design of the Monument would not be as recognisable and decided to use the Latvian maiden on the two-euro coin, as well.

Uz Latvijas 1 un 2 eiro monētu nacionālās puses būs attēlots tautumeitas portrets.


Embossing place

The Latvian coins are manufactured in the embossing place in Passac (France).


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