'Fan of light rays' Latvian collector coin to be released

On 29 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing an unusually shaped silver collector coin named "Fan of Light Rays" to mark the 250th anniversary of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation.

The Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, founded in 1773, is one of the oldest public museums in Europe and the oldest museum in the Baltics. There is no other cultural institution in the history of Latvia that has existed continuously for such a long period of time.

The rich and diverse collections of the museum originated from an art and natural sciences collection of Nikolaus von Himsel (1729–1764), a Riga doctor who donated it to the city of Riga.

The graphic design of the coin was created by artist Ivars Drulle, inspired by the fans in the museum's collection, which were a typical part of women's wardrobes in the era when the Himsel collection was created and the museum was founded.

The collector coin will be available for purchase only on the website e-monetas.lv. The price of the coin is 72.00 euro; the purchase limit for one buyer is 5 coins. The mintage of the coin is 3,000. The coin was struck by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands).

As usual, the bank has also made a video about the coin.


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