Coin Released Commemorating 150 Years of Firefighting in Latvia

The Bank of Latvia has released the first commemorative coin for 2015, and the theme is the 150th anniversary of firefighting in Latvia.

According to the Bank of Latvia website, the first firefighters’ brigade in Latvia was formed in 1845 in Daugavpils (then known as Dinaburg, a city in the Vitebsk governorate). The first brigade in Riga was formed in 1864, and the first fire they battled was on May 17, 1865 in Old Riga.

The graphic design of the coin was created by Henrihs Vorkals, and the plaster model was designed by Ligita Franckeviča. The silver proof quality coin, with a mintage of 10,000, was minted by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt in the Netherlands, and has a face value of 5 euro.

The coin is available for purchase at the Bank of Latvia and at numismatic shops in Latvia.

In 2015, the Bank of Latvia is also planning the following commemorative coins with the following themes:

  • The 500th Anniversary of the Riga Castle
  • Emīls Dārziņš’ creative work
  • The 150th anniversary of Latvian poets Rainis and Aspazija
  • Fairy Tale Coin I
  • 500th anniversary of the ancient Latvian vērdiņš coin

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.

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