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 Posted 11/07/2010  4:30 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

In this thread about British trade dollars we spontaneously started talking about visiting Riga and Lats coins. Not to completely hijack the thread, and to make sure that other Darksiders could see the conversation I'm switching it to this forum.

So, here's what I have for 1 Lats coins so far (and I do have other denominations).

Pre-Soviet one:


And post-Soviet one:

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 Posted 11/07/2010  4:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would like to point out how simple the design of the obverse is on a modern Lats coin, both my example above and jgfindring's avatar. Not cluttered, and on the other hand it doesn't look like there's not enough.

I like how jgfindring used his avatar for the business:

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It is a 2008 Latvian 1 Lats coin. I own / run a water garden store and we use wooden nickels as customer loyalty tokens. I also bought a bunch of these coins when they came out. We give one to any customer spending $1000 and they can redeem it later for a free water lily plant ($39.99 value).


I suppose the 2003 one Lats could be similarly used for a pest control business!
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 Posted 11/07/2010  7:54 pm  Show Profile Check jgfindring's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jgfindring to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just so the people coming in late can see what you are talking about.
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 Posted 11/08/2010  11:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Nic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
just very curious, why is there an ant on that coin?
tigers, lions, cougars, puma, elephants and a whole managerie of animals on coins yes.... but an ant?
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 Posted 11/09/2010  12:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I looked up on the Latvian Bank website. There's no explanation for the choice of images that I could find, but I discovered more coins to dream of. It would be an interesting series to collect, more interesting (in my opinion) than collecting all years of LMC P/D/S/O/CC... .


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The Bank of Latvia continues to diversify the design of Latvian money issuing 1-lats coins depicting signs, images and events characteristic of Latvia. These coins are minted in a limited amount (250 000-1 000 000 coins) with no additional issues.
The 1-lats coin featuring a stork was struck in 2001 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artist: Olga Silova.
The 1-lats coin featuring an ant was struck in 2003 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Maris Putns, Artis Zvirgzdins, Davids Rubins (graphic design), Ligita Franckevica (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a mushroom was struck in 2004 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Guntars Sietins (graphic design), Janis Strupulis (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a fairytale character Spriditis was struck in 2004 by Royal Dutch Mint (the Netherlands). Artist: Ivars Mailitis.
The 1-lats coin featuring the rooster on the spire of St. Peter's church in Riga was struck in 2005 by British Royal Mint (United Kingdom). Artists: Valdis Villeruss (graphic design), Ligita Franckevica (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a pretzel was struck in 2005 by Münze Österreich (Austria). Artists: Laimonis Senbergs (graphic design), Janis Strupulis (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a profile of Ligo night (summer solstice) celebrant adorned with a wreath was struck in 2006 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Dace Liela (graphic design), Ligita Franckevica (plaster model). The 1-lats coin featuring a pinecone was also struck in 2006 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Henrihs Vorkals (graphic design), Janis Strupulis (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring an owl fibula was struck in 2007 by Münze Österreich (Austria). Artists: Arvids Priedite (graphic design), Janis Strupulis (plaster model). The 1-lats coin featuring a snowman was also struck in 2007 by Münze Österreich (Austria). Artists: Daina Lapina (graphic design), Ligita Franckevica (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a waterlily was struck in 2008 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Aleksandrs Chaidze (graphic design), Laura Medne (plaster model). The 1-lats coin featuring a Chimney-sweep was struck in 2008 by Rahapaja Oy (Finland). Artists: Daina Lapina (graphic design), Laura Medne (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a Namejs ring was struck in 2009 by Staatliche Münze Berlin (Germany). Artists: Ilze Libiete (graphic design), Baiba Šime (plaster model). The 1-lats coin featuring a Christmas tree was struck in 2009 by Staatliche Münze Berlin (Germany). Artists: Arvids Priedite (graphic design), Ligita Franckevica (plaster model).
The 1-lats coin featuring a toad was struck in 2010 by Staatliche Münze Berlin (Germany). Artists: Edgars Folks (graphic design), Jānis Stupulis (plaster model).


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 Posted 11/09/2010  8:23 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add chrisild to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, the common denominator is, in my opinion, what you quoted in that first sentence - "signs, images and events characteristic of Latvia". Sure, some of the plants or animals depicted are common elsewhere in Europe, maybe elsewhere too, but others are quite characteristic. The Namejs Ring (2009) for example, is "typically Latvian" or Baltic. Or take Sprīdītis, the little guy on the EU membership coin (2004) - a character created (or at least popularized) by a Latvian writer ...

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 Posted 11/13/2010  6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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hello friends, these 1 lat coins are very amazing, I have the latest toad coin.

warm wishes.
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 Posted 11/13/2010  10:47 pm  Show Profile Check jgfindring's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jgfindring to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
See, now I'm going to have to start trying to put together a collection of these.
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 Posted 11/14/2010  3:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SeriousCERES to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
These are stunning!! Tips on tracking some of these down? I don't need PCGS slabbed MS70 first strikes to be happy, either!

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 Posted 11/14/2010  3:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add DVCollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Interesting post!
I want some of these too....
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 Posted 11/14/2010  4:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svslav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, why is "the ant" so expensive ($12)? Good thing I already have it!

By the way, I have no idea how I got mine, I think as a part of a set.
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Wow, why is "the ant" so expensive ($12)?


Consider the ant as contrasted to the lion. Have you ever seen an ant at rest? S/he is always moving, working, transporting, grooming, caring for the queen ... etc.

The lion? Sleeping, at least most of the time.

Put a fire ant and a lion in the same space. Which one is mostly likely to bite the other first?

Having made that point ... I rather like the 'shroom lat ...
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I like this one: http://www.latviancoins.lv/index.ph...oduct_id=108 - how's that for a 1 Lats!

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 Posted 11/14/2010  5:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SeriousCERES to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Here's a very pretty slabbed one, if anyone's in a hurry (ends tonight):

http://cgi.ebay.com/2007-LATVIA-7-S...em3f04a342d4

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 Posted 11/14/2010  5:40 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SeriousCERES to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did they make proof examples of these? Is 12 for the ant a bit high? (Don't suppose there's any good way to even know!)
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