«Latgale congress» collector coin for patriotic pockets

On Wednesday, 3 May, the Latvian Central Bank, Latvijas Banka, is issuing a new 5 euro silver collector coin named "Latgale Congress".

"By doing so, Latvijas Banka expresses its appreciation and gratitude to Latgale for its contribution to the evolution of the idea of Latvia's unity and statehood," the bank said in a press release.

The coin presentation event will take place at the Embassy of Latgale "Gors" on 4 May in Rēzekne, shortly before a concert dedicated to Latvia's Independence Restoration Day and the centenary of the Latgale Congress. The Governor of Latvijas Banka Ilmārs Rimšēvičs will present the collector coins to Ināra Mūrniece, the Speaker of the Saeima, representing the nation, and Anna Rancāne, a renowned Latgalian poet.

The Latgale Congress of Latvians took place on 9–10 May 1917 (26–27 April, old style) in Rēzekne. Delegates from Latgale municipality and town governments, parishes and societies as well as Latvian riflemen participated (see our special feature on the subject).

The obverse of the coin features images of people who were the driving force behind the Congress while the reverse of the coin features a crucifix, with women and children gathered around it.

The collector coin "Latgale Congress" is struck by Faude & Huguenin SA (Switzerland). The maximum mintage is limited to 3,000 coins. The price of the coin is 50.00 euros.

As of Wednesday, 3 May, the coin will be on sale at the Cashier's Offices of Latvijas Banka at K. Valdemāra iela 1B in Riga and Teātra iela 3 in Liepāja.

For inhabitants of Latgale and parties interested in Latvia's history, the collector coin "Latgale Congress" will be available on sale during the Latgale Centenary Congress at the Embassy of Latgale "Gors" on 5 May in Rēzekne.

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