They are legal tender throughout the euro area. That means they can be used – and must be accepted – just like any other euro coin.

Latvian 2 euro commemorative coins

Kurzeme (2017)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2016 by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

The national side features the coat of arms of Kurzeme.

Edge

The finely milled edge features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

Latgale (2017)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2016 by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

The national side features the coat of arms of Latgale.

Edge

The finely milled edge features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

Vidzeme (2016)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2016 by UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

The national side features the coat of arms of Vidzeme.

Edge

The finely milled edge features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

Vidzeme is the most populated region of Latvia, accounting for more than a half of Latvia's population. The longest river of Latvia, the Gauja River, the highest peak Gaiziņš and the largest cave Gūtmaņala are located in Vidzeme.

Vidzeme formed in the territory inhabited by Latgallians and Livs until the 13th century. The borders of the territory coincide with those of the so-called Latvian part of the Swedish Livonia of the 17th century. The borderline stretched along the rivers Daugava, Aiviekste and Pededze. The movement of brethren congregations played an important role here in the 18th century, but the 19th century saw many remarkable rural craft centres and the building of sailing vessels on the coast of the Gulf of Riga. During the period of the New Latvians movement, activity of Latvian cultural players increased in Vidzeme. Numerous cultural and artistic specialists have come from this region. Inhabitants of Vidzeme speak the Middle dialect of Latvian, the Latgallian and Selonian accents of the High Latvian dialect and the Vidzeme accent of the Livonian dialect. Janīna Kursīte believes that the latter should be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List just like the Suiti cultural space.

The Latvian Brown (2016)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2015 by UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Gunārs Lūsis (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

The national side features a cow.

Edge

The finely milled edge features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

Dairy industry has always been an important branch of the Latvian economy, which makes its contribution to manufacturing of various products and supplements the income of businesses and households. The main breed of dairy cows in Latvia is the Latvian Brown. Initially, the Latvian brown cow was registered in 1911 as the Latvian Red-brown, but the Latvian Brown breed was approved in 1922. The Latvian Brown is a reddish-brown cow with darker legs and head, and a dark grey muzzle. These animals are productive, resilient, of relatively low maintenance, long life span and good reproduction rates, well-adapted to the local climate.

After Latvia regained independence, the 2 lats coin featured an image of the Latvian Brown, which is now introduced to the single currency flows by the 2 euro commemorative coin.

Stork (2015)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2015 by UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Olga Šilova

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

A nesting stork is featured on the national side of the coin.

Edge

The inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia) with words separated by stars; fine milled edge.

From mid-April to the end of August, Latvia's country landscape is dotted with nests of the white stork (Ciconia ciconia), and during this period people are used to listening to the sounds of bill clattering and to seeing these lanky-bodied birds in the vicinity of ponds and rivers. The black stork (Ciconia nigra), on the other hand, is a widespread yet uncommon bird, seen rarely in marshy areas or inland waters hidden in ancient forest tracts. Most of the white and black stork population nests in Europe. As their current species and habitat conservation status is inadequate, these species are distinguished by the European Parliament and Council Directive as requiring special protection measures to ensure their survival and breeding. The black stork is among the European nature conservation flagship species; 10 years ago, a conservation action plan for the protection of the black stork was adopted also in Latvia. Latvia has participated in all campaigns of the white stork nesting site count since 1934, also in the latest 7th International White Stork Census held in all European countries in 2014–2015. Often designated as the land of storks, Latvia is proud to be the place where almost 5% of the total global white stork nestlings come into the world. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Latvian Ornithological Society, a 2 euro commemorative coin featuring the image of a stork is issued.

30 Years of the EU Flag (2015)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2015 by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Georgios Stamatopoulos

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

The design features childishly-drawn human figures dancing in a circle around the EU's 12-starred flag; the inscription LATVIJA is above it, and the years 1985–2015 are placed to the right.

Edge

The inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia) with words separated by stars; fine milled edge.

Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU (2015)

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Diameter: 25.75 mm, thickness: 2.20 mm, weight: 8.50 g

Shape: round; colour: outer part silver, inner part gold

Composition: copper nickel outer ring; nickel brass, nickel and nickel brass three-layer inner ring

Struck in 2015 by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Artists: common side by Luc Luycx, national side by Gunārs Lūsis (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

Common side

A geographical image of Europe, the number "2" and the inscription EURO.

National side

An archetypal image of a millstone, the logo of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the inscriptions LATVIJAS PREZIDENTŪRA ES PADOMĒ (Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU) and EU2015.LV above and beneath it respectively.

Edge

The inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia) with words separated by stars; fine milled edge.

Latvia can do it! The most brilliant fulfilment of this encouraging and national self-awareness-raising motto is the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015 when Latvia continues the work started by Italy and hands the baton over to Luxembourg. The epicentre of the main events taking place during Latvian Presidency, the nucleus of this trio, is the Castle of Light, the new home to the National Library of Latvia with a wonderful architectural character. Position of Latvia in the spotlight of the world community provides a historical opportunity for the country to demonstrate its achievements in various areas and the ability to address complicated tasks in a responsible manner. The heaviness of a rotating millstone accumulates energy that has ensured the basis of existence for Latvians in the form of rye bread loaves, has given them strength to work, and has sparked off jubilance expressed in songs and dances for centuries.

Riga - European Capital of Culture 2014 (2014)

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Weight: 8.50 g; diameter: 25.75 mm; width of edge: 2.20 mm

Metal: alloy of different metals (outer ring of copper-nickel alloy, in silver colour; central field in three layers of nickel-brass alloy, nickel and nickel-brass, in gold colour)

Struck in 2014 by Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Artists: Henrihs Vorkals (graphic design) and Jānis Strupulis (plaster model)

 

National side

The central image of the coin shows the skyline of Riga, with inscriptions "RĪGA – 2014" and "LV" underneath. At the top of the image there is a semi-circled inscription "EIROPAS KULTŪRAS GALVASPILSĒTA" (European Capital of Culture). The coin's outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

European side

The central part carries the number "2" and the inscription "EURO", with a geographical image of Europe in the background.

Edge

The inscription "DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU" (God, Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

 

Riga is the European Capital of Culture 2014. This designation and the activities related to the event present a new quality vision of the capital city and entire Latvia's affinity with Europe and the common cultural values.

The Programme of the European Capital of Culture comprises several hundreds of specially-designed events. Over 12 thousand people from almost 100 cultural establishments and non-governmental organisations have been involved in the Programme.

Quite a lot of events have resulted from successful partnership of Latvian and foreign creative groups and will be presented in Riga and Latvia for the first time. The Programme includes cultural events of global and European significance, among them concerts, exhibitions, shows and performances staged by Riga residents in 58 environs of the city.

Force Majeure – this is the name given to the Programme of European Capital of Culture of Riga. Culture as force majeure: via events of various genres and the interplay among different spheres of life Riga aspires to enhance the conviction that culture can change people's lives to the better. Riga is the city of inspiration!