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2014 Latvia €5 Silver Proof Coin "Baroque of Courland"

RSM Price: $69.95
Item Number: LV14AGPF6
  • Mint: Mint of Poland
  • Denomination: 5 Euros
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 10,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling silver
  • Diameter: 35 mm
  • Weight: 22 grams
  • Artist: Laimonis Senbergs
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
 

Additional Information

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The largest Baroque ensemble in Courland used to be found in the Lestene Church, built in the early part of the 18th century. The altar, pulpit, confession bench, benches for the congregation and the organ case made in the same style were the last carvings made in the workshop of master woodcrafter Nicolaus Söffrens (1662–1710), the most outstanding master of the Courland Baroque. The end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century was a time of flourishing architecture and decorative art in Courland. The Baroque era has left a particularly rich legacy in Latvia. The 17th and 18th century churches in Courland are among the greatest treasures created in Latvia in the period of historical styles.

In February 1945, the Lestene Church was damaged by the soviet artillery bombardments. In 1961, the Evangelical Lutheran congregation of Lestene discontinued its activities. The remnants of the demolished church were taken to the Tukums Museum in 1964, and in 1967 the curch became a grain drying kiln. As of 1982, the partially restored fragments of the Lestene Church were on display at the Rundāle Palace Museum. Today, the church is undergoing renovation and its woodcarvings are being restored to be gradually taken back to Lestene. The restoration of the Lestene Church and the woodcarvings by Nicolaus Söffrens is one of the most important projects in protecting the cultural heritage of Latvia.

The reverse has the angel from the altar of the Lestene Church as its central motif. The semi-circled inscriptions KURZEMES BAROKS (Baroque of Courland; on the left) and NIKOLAUSS SĒFRENSS (Nicolaus Söffrens; on the right) encompass the design in the lower part of the reverse.

The obverse features an acanthus leaf design from the altar of the Lestene Church. The semi-circled inscription of the year 2014 occupies the upper part of the obverse on the left from the design, the inscription 5 EURO is in the centre, and the semi-circled inscription LATVIJA (Latvia) is placed in the lower part of the obverse.

The edge has the inscription LATVIJAS BANKA repeated two times, separated by dots.

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