Latvijas Banka issues the very first 2 euro coin of special design "Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014". It is legal tender in the Republic of Latvia and the other euro area countries. The cashier offices of Latvijas Banka in Riga, Daugavpils and Liepāja will commence selling the coin on Tuesday, 12 August.

The graphic design of the coin has been created by Henrihs Vorkals, and Jānis Strupulis is the author of the plaster model. Highly symbolic in national terms is the fact that the very first 2 euro coin of special design commemorates Riga, European Capital of Culture of 2014. The activities related to the event present a new quality vision of the capital city and Latvia's affinity with Europe and the common cultural values. 

The coin "Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014" carries on the tradition of minting circulation coins of special design in Latvia. Each country in the euro area is entitled to issue two commemorative coins per year. Also, they are allowed to produce a third coin, provided that it is issued under a jointly organised programme. Latvia's next 2 euro commemorative coins of special design are projected for 2015. 

Photo: Latvijas Banka
Latvian Institute, 11.08.2014, Culture