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On Tuesday, 6 October, Latvijas Banka is issuing a new 5 euro silver collector coin Valse Mélancolique. This coin is a dedication to Valse Mélancolique, one of the most excellent pieces of the Latvian symphonic music produced by the likewise brilliant composer Emīls Dārziņš.

The graphic design of the coin has been created by Ilmārs Blumbergs, and Jānis Strupulis is the author of the plaster model. The coin has been struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands).

The obverse of the coin depicts a radiant shooting star, half-encircled by seven concentric bands of an arc at the top, which symbolise a rainbow. The reverse of the coin features the inscription Valse Mélancolique. According to the conception of Ilmārs Blumbergs, author of the graphic design, the shooting star represents Dārziņš' premature and tragic death, while the seven bands of the rainbow symbolise turning to God through music.

Emīls Dārziņš (1875–1910) personifies the soul of Latvian classical music. He lived to be only 34, had a very talented son, composed 17 choir songs, 19 solo songs (one was destroyed, another one lost), four compositions for symphony orchestra (three destroyed), two fragments for an unfinished opera, wrote reviews and descriptions, and ended up dying a mysterious death on railroad tracks. Along with simple, non-pretentious compositions, Dārziņš' oeuvre also contains opuses of great symbolic power. Yet Valse Mélancolique, having miraculously escaped the fate of being destroyed by the author himself, stands above all else.

The collector coin Valse Mélancolique is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia (yet hardly to be found in circulation, as collector coins in general are miniature works of art, highly admired and demanded by the numismatic community and other interested parties). Its maximum mintage is limited to 5 000 coins.

As of 6 October, this coin will be on sale at Latvijas Banka Cashier's Offices (K. Valdemāra iela 1B in Riga and Teātra iela 3 in Liepājā) and such traditional points of sale as coins shops, bookshops as well as souvenir and jewellery shops (https://monetas.bank.lv/images/stories/pielikumi/nauda/Monetu-tirdzniecibas-vietas-170815.pdf). The price of the coin at Latvijas Banka Cashier's Offices is 39 euro.

The list of coins on sale at Latvijas Banka Cashier's Offices is available at https://monetas.bank.lv/en/coins-for-sale. It shows that a vast range of thematically and artistically diverse collector coins are still available, among them a number of collector coins denominated in lats, four of the silver euro collector coins issued in 2014, and also the euro collector coins issued in 2015 and dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Latvian Firefighting, 500 years of the Riga Castle and 150 years of Rainis and Aspazija.