The Bank of Latvia has released a new silver coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Jāzeps Vītols.
Jāzeps Vītols was a professor at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. In 1918, he returned from Russia to the newly independent Latvia to conduct the Latvian National Opera and later established the first Latvian Conservatory of Music. where he raised the next generation of musicians. He is considered the father of distinctively Latvian classical music.
The obverse design of the coin features a silhouetted profile portrait with a facsimile signature at the base. The inscriptions include “JĀZEPS VĪTOLS” and the denomination “1 LATS”.
The reverse design features five horizontal parallel lines from which rays of light emanate in an arc. The inscriptions above is “GAISMU SAUCA, GAISMA AUSA”, which translates to “We called for light and there was light” in reference to the light in his music. The year 2013 appears at the base.
Each coin is struck in .925 fine silver in proof quality. The weight is 22 grams and the diameter is 35 mm. The maximum mintage is 3,000 pieces.
The coins are sold at the Bank of Latvia Cashier’s Offices at 28.86 Lats (around 54 USD) and are typically also available from some world coin dealers or on eBay.