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2014 Latvia €5 Silver Proof Coin "Old Stenders 300 Years"

RSM Price: $59.95
Item Number: LV14AGPF4
  • Mint: Royal Dutch Mint
  • Denomination: 5 Euros
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 10,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling silver
  • Diameter: 35 mm
  • Weight: 22 grams
  • Artist: Aigars Ozoliņš
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
 

Additional Information

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The Bank of Latvia has issued a new silver collector coin dedicated to Gotthard Friedrich Stender, known as Vecais Stenders or “Old Stenders.” The release coincides with the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Latvian writer, linguist, thinker, and founder of Latvian secular literature.

The obverse design features an image taken from the title page of the first edition of Old Stender’s A Book of High Wisdom on the World and Nature. A pastor is depicted showing a boy how full of wonders the world is. In a semi-circle near to the top of the coin are the inscriptions “2014″ and “LATVIJA”. The book represented the first peasant encyclopedia in Europe, containing explanations of natural phenomenon and the basic principles of physics and astronomy, including the rotation of the earth on its axis and around the sun. This concept is represented on the reverse of the coin. The reverse design features the progressive idea of the world, the heliocentric concept of the universe. Included within the image are the “G. F. Stender” and “Latwis”. Additional inscriptions appearing in a semi-circle read “VECAIS STENDERS” and the denomination “5 euro”.

The edge includes the inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA and LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA, separated by rhombic dots.

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