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2016 Latvia €2 Coin Issue "Vidzeme"

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RSM Price: $5.95
  • Mint: Mint of Lithuania
  • Denomination: €2
  • Quality: UNC/BU
  • Issue limit: 1 million/10,000
  • Alloy: Base Metal
  • Diameter: 25.75 mm
  • Weight: 8.5 grams
  • Design: Laimonis Šēnbergs
  • Box/Capsule: No/UNC only
  • Certificate: BU in printed card
 

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This is the first issue of four in a series of 2 euro commemorative coins dedicated to Latvia's cultural and historical regions. It features the coat of arms of Vidzeme, which depicts a griffin rampant within a traditional shield, a sword placed in its right talon.

The issue launches the upcoming centennial of Latvia’s independence, which will be officially celebrated and observed in November 2018. Although Latvian independent statehood was interrupted in 1944, when the Baltic Republic was forcibly incorporated into the USSR, and not reversed until 1991, Latvians will celebrate their centennial anniversary in two years. The years 2018 through 2020 will be very important in Europe, as many countries will be celebrating their official centenary anniversaries of statehood or independence following the Great War (World War ) after which many new countries, including Latvia, emerged from the fighting and concluding peace treaties.

Meaning “Middle Land,” Vidzeme is also known as Livland, although it comprises only a small part of traditional Livland. Present Vidzeme includes the Latvian portion of an area previously known as Swedish Livonia and the present City of Riga. Historically, Vidzeme formed in the territory inhabited by peoples known as Latgallians and Livs until the 13th century. The borderline stretched along the rivers Daugava, Aiviekste, and Pededze. In the 18th century, the movement of Protestant Lutheran or brethren congregations played an important role in the development of the area, while the 19th century saw the arising of many remarkable rural craft centers and the building of sailing vessels on the coast of the Gulf of Riga. During the period of the New Latvians movement, activity of Latvian cultural personalities increased in Vidzeme. Numerous cultural and artistic specialists have come from this region; inhabitants of Vidzeme speak the Middle dialect of Latvian, the Latgallian and Selonian accents of the High Latvian dialect, and the Vidzeme accent of the Livonian dialect. Today, Vidzeme is the most populated region of Latvia, accounting for more than half of the country’s nearly 2-million-strong population. The longest river of Latvia, the Gauja River; the highest peak, known as Gaiziņš; and the largest cave, known as Gūtmaņala, are all located in Vidzeme.

The milled edge features the inscription DIEVS SVĒTĪ LATVIJU (God Bless Latvia), with the words separated by stars.

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