Created on 13.06.2014

On 17 June 2014, Latvijas Banka is issuing a new 5 euro collector coin dedicated to "The White Book" by Jānis Jaunsudrabiņš.

The coin has been designed by Sandra Krastiņa and struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands). It features the cover of "The White Book" and illustrations from it.

The coin is a dedication to "The White Book", a masterpiece created by an outstanding Latvian writer and painter Jānis Jaunsudrabiņš (1877–1962). Its first part was published in 1914, with the second to follow in 1921. It 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 the Latvian rural life at the close of the 19th century, supplemented with heartfelt illustrations by the author himself.

The deceptively provincial lessons of "The White Book" are at the very heart of the patriotic call "Remember Latvia!" once voiced by Jaunsudrabiņš. Honouring this sincere call, Latvijas Banka is issuing a silver euro collector coin to commemorate the centenary of Jaunsudrabiņš' masterpiece "The White Book".

This is the 100th collector coin and the second in the collection of euro-denominated coins issued by Latvijas Banka (the coins of precious metal denominated in lats, in fact works of art, were called collector coins; all in all, 98 of them have been issued). Thus, the issuance of collector coins with motifs characteristic of Latvia executed in high artistic quality is continued. As before, Latvijas Banka is projecting to produce 5–7 collector coins with the euro nominal on an annual basis.

Coin "The White Book" is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia. Its mintage is limited to 5 000.

The coin will be on sale at Latvijas Banka (cashier offices at K. Valdemāra ielā 1B in Riga, Liepāja Branch and Daugavpils Branch) and such traditional points of sale as banks and souvenir and jewellery shops. The price of the coin at Latvijas Banka's cashier offices is 51.65 euro.

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