Collector’s coin released – celebrating Rozentāls’ 150th birthday

The Bank of Latvia has released a new collector’s coin to celebrate the 150th birthday of Latvian painter Jānis Rozentāls.

According to the Bank of Latvia website, Jānis Rozentāls (1866 – 1916) was “one of the most important shapers of national art” in Latvia, and “Rozentāls became the most versatile artist of the turn of the 20th century, a popular and skillful portrait painter, a modern and enthusiastic proponent of the new aesthetic principles, whose creative activities influenced the development of painting, graphic and book art, theory and criticism of art.”

The coin depicts Rozentāls’ painting “Princese ar pērtiķi” (The Princess and the Monkey) from 1913, and the contemporary interpretation of the painting is “as an allegory for an artist’s dependence on society or art, which like a dominating mistress is playing with her servant.”

The silver proof quality coin has a mintage of 7000 and has a face value of 5 euro. The coin was struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (The Netherlands), using a graphic design by Sandra Krastiņā and plaster model by Jānis Strupulis.

A video about the coin (in Latvian with English subtitles) can be viewed here.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia’s Collector’s Coin page.

 

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

“Baltars” porcelain workshop commemorative coin released

The Bank of Latvia has released a silver commemorative coin to celebrate the work of “Baltars”, a society that produced artistic porcelain at their workshop in Latvia in the 1920s.

According to the Bank of Latvia website, “Baltars” (the name was taken from the Latvian ars Baltica – or Baltic art), founded in 1925, was inspired by Latvian painter Romans Suta, and, at their workshop, the creative core of the group was Suta, his wife -painter Aleksandra Beļcova, Latvian graphic art virtuoso Sigismunds Vidbergs, as well as painters Erasts Šveics and Lūcija Kuršinska.

Their work was recognized internationally, and won three medals at the International Decorative Arts Exhibition in Paris in 1925. However, due to the high costs of creating these works of art, and low sales, “Baltars” had a very brief period of operation, and ended their work in 1928.

The proof-quality coin, struck in the form of a plate, has a nominal face value of 5 Euro, and was minted at UAB Lietuvos monetų Kalykla in Lithuania, and has a mintage of 5000. The graphic design was created by artist Frančeska Kirke. One side of the coin has the “Baltars” logo, the other side has a reproduction of Suta’s art from the plate called “Dance”.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia collectors’ coin page.

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

New ‘Latvijas brūnā’ 2 Euro coin released

The Bank of Latvia has released a new special circulation 2 Euro coin entitled ‘Latvijas brūnā’ or ‘Latvian Brown Cow’. Prior to introducing the Euro, the Latvian 2 Lats coin had an image of a cow on it.

The design of the national side of the coin was by Gunārs Lūsis (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model). The coin was minted by UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania).

According to the Bank of Latvia website, “The main breed of dairy cows in Latvia is the Latvian Brown. Initially, the Latvian brown cow was registered in 1911 as the Latvian Red-brown, but the Latvian Brown breed was approved in 1922. The Latvian Brown is a reddish-brown cow with darker legs and head, and a dark grey muzzle.”

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia website.

 

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area who lives in Rīga, Latvia. When not working in the information technology field, he sings in the Latvian Academy of Culture mixed choir Sõla, does occasional translation work, and has been known to sing and play guitar at the Folkklubs Ala Pagrabs in Old Rīga. Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.