2 euro coin features Zemgale coat of arms

As the final entry in the four coin series of the historical regions of Latvia, the Bank of Latvia has released a special circulation 2 euro coin for the region of Zemgale.

The previous coins in the series were Vidzeme (released in 2016), as well as Kurzeme and Latgale (released in 2017).

The coin, struck by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (in Germany), features the coat of arms of Zemgale on the national side. The coin’s artists are Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model).

According to the Bank of Latvia, the coat of arms of Zemgale, a silver elk, symbolizing the richness of nature, on a blue background, is based on the coat of arms of the Duchy of Semigallia (which existed in the 16th – 18th centuries).

The bank has also released a collector’s set of all four coins in a special package.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia’s coin collector’s 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.

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