On Wednesday, 23 November, Latvijas Banka is issuing a 5 euro silver collector coin named after painter Janis Rozentāls.
"This unique silver collector coin featuring the popular painting The Princess and the Monkey in colour is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the prominent Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls (1866–1916)," the banks says.
The coin is minted in the Netherlands.
"The obverse of the coin depicts the space imitating the back of the painting divided into four fields and bears a facsimile signature of Janis Rozentāls and the seal of the Latvian National Museum of Art. The reverse shows a reproduction of Janis Rozentāls picture "The Princess and the Monkey" (1913). In the painting, a lavishly dressed young woman and a monkey hanging on to her string of beads are outlined on an ornamental background," the bank explains.
There will be 7,000 examples. The price of the coin at Latvijas Banka Cashier's Offices is €130.00.
Yes, it is oblong and looks very little like a coin.