Face value: 1 lats.
Weight: 31.47 g; diameter: 38.61 mm.
Metal: silver, fineness .925; quality: proof.
Struck in 2005 by the Mint of Finland Ltd.
Artists: Gunars Krollis (graphic design), Janis Strupulis (plaster model).
The Hanseatic city seal with the coat of arms of Koknese is in the center of the
coin's obverse. The year 2005 is inscribed right below the coat of arms. The
inscriptions KOKENHUSEN and 1 LATS, each arranged in a semicircle, are
respectively above and beneath the central motif.
The coin's reverse is divided into two parts by a water body. At the top of it
is a representation of the Koknese castle ruins with the Sun
and the Moon on the sides with the name KOKNESE semi-circled above it on
the right. A reflection of the Hanseatic Castle and ships
with semi-circled inscription HANSEATIC CITY below it is at the bottom of
The inscriptions LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA (Republic of Latvia) and LATVIJAS BANKA (Bank
of Latvia) separated by dots.
This collector coin has been issued within the international coin program
Hansa Cities, organised by the Mint of Finland, and is dedicated to
Koknese, one of the eight Hanseatic cities of Latvia.
The region, home of the Lettgallians and Selians who were
subjugated by the German crusading orders at the beginning of the 13th century,
has fostered the town of Koknese and its castle, one of the three alternative
residences of Riga archbishops of the 14th-16th centuries. As an important
center of crafts and trade on the River Daugava, Koknese earned the town status
in 1277, joined the Hanseatic League in the 14th century, and grew into a
frequented holiday and tourist hub nestling down in the beautiful landscape of
the Daugava and Perse rivers.