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Latvia, 1924, 1 Lats, silver 0.835 KM 7
« on: August 25, 2016, 09:41:48 PM »
Latvia, 1924, 1 Lats, silver 0.835 KM 7
Weight 5 gm
Diameter 23 mm
Metal Silver 0.835
Mintage 10,000,000
Nice silver coin.

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Re: Latvia, 1924, 1 Lats, silver 0.835 KM 7
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2016, 11:02:31 AM »
On independence after the first world, the Baltic states needed new currencies and arms. For the currencies, the German and Finnish mark was a source of inspiration, as their main trading partners were Germany, Sweden and Finland. However, Latvia chose lats as currency name, a reference to the name of the country, like the European Union chose euro decades later.

As for the arms, Latvia selected both historic and forward-looking symbols. The rising sun is a symbol of freedom (independence). The climbing lion represents the old province of Kurzeme (Kurland in German). The armed griffon is for Latgale (Polish Livonia). The three stars above the arms symbolise three historical provinces: Vidzeme (Swedish Livonia), Latgale (Polish Livonia) and Kurzeme-Zemgale (Duchy of Courland and Semigalia). The oak branches below symbolise strength. The ribbon is in the colours of the national flag and has no motto.

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Re: Latvia, 1924, 1 Lats, silver 0.835 KM 7
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2016, 12:44:55 PM »
Thank you Peter, beautiful description of Latvia history.

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Re: Latvia, 1924, 1 Lats, silver 0.835 KM 7
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2016, 09:13:16 PM »
Thank you medved, nice grade coin.

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Coin collecting has a curious name. It is also called the "Hobby of Kings".