Design Selection Process
The folk maiden will be depicted on the national side of the Latvian one-euro and two-euro coins, whereas the 50-, 20- and 10-euro cent coins will feature the great coat of arms of Latvia and the 5-, 2- and 1-euro-cent coins the small coat of arms of Latvia. The design models are approved by the Euro Coins Subcommittee of the Economic and Financial Council (ECOFIN).
The design of the reverse of the Latvian euro coins was chosen at the all-Latvian competition of ideas in 2004. The jury chose as the best the proposal sent in by Ilze Kalnina who suggested that the portrait of a Latvian folk maiden, the Freedom Monument and the coat of arms of the Republic of Latvia be depicted on the coins.
For the Latvian euro coins the jury of the competition of ideas chose the images that symbolize Latvia and its core values - the love of Latvians for their native land, their quest for freedom and pride in their nation. This idea is also retained, although, not so broadly as planned, in the approved models.
After the competition of ideas the Bank of Latvia's experts, artists, mints and European Commission's experts joined efforts to ensure, on the one hand, compliance with the legislation of the European Union, the specifications for the design (additional size, the proportion of the enclosing and central circle, the layout of the EU stars in the enclosing circle) and, on the other hand, appropriate reflection of the chosen images in the small area of the circulation coin. The experts involved finally came to the conclusion that it was not possible to depict the Freedom Monument on the euro circulation coin so that it would be easily recognizable. Acknowledging the results of the competition of ideas, it was therefore decided that the same portrait of the folk maiden that adorned the reverse of the five-lats coin designed for the newly independent Latvian state will be depicted on the two-euro coin.
The Latvian euro coins will be struck in accordance with the Latvian national euro introduction plan when the EU Council Resolution on the accession of the Republic of Latvia to the euro area has been taken.
The graphic design for the 1- and 2-euro coins was created by Guntars Sietins and the euro cent design by Laimonis Senbergs.
Latvia Euro Coins
Portrait of a Latvian maiden, originally depicted on the reverse of the 5 lats silver coin in 1929
The large coat of arms of the Republic of Latvia
The small coat of arms of the Republic of Latvia
(C) Central Bank of Latvia
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