More commemorative coins on the way

The Latvian central bank is set to produce more commemorative coins in coming months, adding to its already considerable back catalog of special editions.

The Bank of Latvia is set to issue a commemorative 2-euro coin with the image of a stork on it and a coin dedicated to the EU flag this fall, the Latvian central bank's spokesman Janis Silakalns told BNS.

"We hope that both coins will be issued this year - the one with the stork early in the fall and the one with the EU flag in the late fall," Silakalns said.

The Bank of Latvia plans to issue one million commemorative coins featuring an image of a stork, as well as one million coins dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the EU flag.

Every year, each euro area country is entitled to issue two special 2-euro commemorative coins, featuring events of national, European or global significance.

The Bank of Latvia issued its first commemorative 2-euro coin in 2014 as soon as it joined the eurozone. That coin was dedicated to the Latvian capital city Riga and featured the skyline of the Riga Old City. In February 2015, the central bank issued a commemorative euro coin dedicated to the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Commemorative coins in other denominations have also been produced.

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