Exhibition of Latvian Money opens at the Eesti Pank Museum

The exhibition Latvian Money from the lat to the euro was opened on 19 December in the Eesti Pank museum. It tells the story of the history of money in Latvia and is being presented to coincide with the adoption of the euro in Latvia. The exhibition will run until the end of February.

“Latvia will start using the single European currency, the euro, on 1 January 2014 and the exhibition is a great chance to see the Latvian euro coins that Estonians are sure to be finding in their wallets from the new year. So the exhibition is not just about history, it has a practical value for everyone who wants to see what the new euro coins will look like”, explained Siiri Ries, head of the Eesti Pank museum.

The national side of the Latvian 1 and 2 euro coin shows a portrait of a young lady in Latvian national costume, which also appeared on the five-lat note when Latvia regained its independence. The 50, 20 and 10 cent coins feature the large coat of arms of Latvia and the 5, 2 and 1 cent coins have a small coat of arms.

The exhibition shows the different currencies that circulated in Latvia between 1914 and 2013 and tells the story of the development of the Latvian monetary system and the purchasing power of lats. The displays contain banknotes and coins in roubles and lats that circulated at different times and a selection of the most valuable collector coins of the Latvian central bank.

The exhibition has been prepared in cooperation with the National History Museum of Latvia and the Bank of Latvia. The exhibition runs until 28 February 2014 and entrance is free.

On 18 January at 13.00 the historian Ott Sandrak will give a lecture on Latvia in the Eesti Pank museum.

For further information:
Eesti Pank Museum
Tel: 668 0760
Email: muuseum [at] eestipank.ee

Ingrid Mitt
Public Relations Office
Eesti Pank
Eurosystem
Tel: 668 0965, 512 6843
Email: ingrid.mitt [at] eestipank.ee
Press enquiries: press [at] eestipank.ee