Second Euro “Baltā grāmata” Commemorative Coin

The latest Latvian commemorative coin, the second to be denominated in Euros and 100th overall, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the publishing of the first part of Latvian writer Jānis Jaunsudrabiņš’ (1877–1962) book Baltā grāmata (The White Book), was released on June 17, 2014.

According to the Bank of Latvia’s website, “[The White Book] is a fictional memoir of the writer’s childhood seen through the eyes of the protagonist Jancis, and, at the same time, a panorama of Latvian rural life at the close of the 19th century, supplemented with heartfelt illustrations by the author himself.”

The proof quality silver coin, with a face value of 5 Euro, was designed by Sandra Krastiņa and was minted by the Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands), and has a mintage of 5000. As there has been a heightened interest in Latvian commemorative coins recently, Baltā grāmata, much like its predecessor, Ainažu jūrasskola, sold out on the day of release.

For further information, please visit the Bank of Latvia website (in both Latvian and English). There is also an informational video (in Latvian).

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . 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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