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2004 Latvia 1Ls Silver Proof Coin "Vidzeme"

RSM Price: $84.95
Item Number: 04LVAGPF1
  • Mint: Mint of Finland
  • Denomination: 1 Lats
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 5,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling silver
  • Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Weight: 31.47 grams
  • Artist: Arvids Priedite, Ligita Franckevica
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
Vidzeme is the northern province of Latvia, covering the area from Riga - the capital - to the border of Estonia. Sigulda, Cesis and Valmiera are among the historical small towns situated in the area, and Gauja, the longest river in Latvia, also flows through the province. Nowhere in Latvia have the wars of the 17th and 18th centuries left such devastation as in Vidzeme, where entire parishes remained abandoned as a result of wars, hunger and epidemics. In Vidzeme, woodworking has traditionally been an important occupation, and many country craftsmen have achieved amazing skills. It was also in Vidzeme that the Bible was first translated into Latvian and the first school of education was established, which was particularly essential for the national awakening of Latvians in the 19th century.

The obverse features the coat-of-arms of the province of Vidzeme, featuring a heraldic griffin. Below is a peasant riding a horse and pulling a cart as a reminder of the hardships that have burdened this part of Latvia for centuries, the denomination and the year date. The reverse shows two workers at a sawmill, in recognition of the region's main national resource - forestry. In the background is a wooden board with carved letters.

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