The Bank of Latvia has released their latest collector coin, which is dedicated to the Baroque art style in Courland. The silver coin is intended to serve as a reminder of the Lestene Church and and woodcarvings by Nicolaus Söffrens.
The largest Baroque ensemble in Courland used to be located in Lestene Church. The altar, pulpit, confession and congregational benches and the organ case, all executed in one style, were the last carvings made in Nicolaus Söffrens’s workshop. In February 1945, the Church was damaged by soviet artillery bombardments and during the post-war period the Church was systematically demolished with some remnants taken to the Tukums Museum. Since 2002, the building has been gradually repaired and the furnishings have been moved back and restored. The continuing restoration of Lestene Church and woodcarvings by N. Söffrens is one of the most important projects in protecting the historical and cultural heritage of Latvia.
The obverse design of the new collector coin features an acanthus leaf design from the altar of the Lestene Church highlighted with gilded elements. The inscriptions include “LATVIJA”, “2014”, and the denomination “5 EURO”.
The reverse design features the angel from the altar of the Lestene Church, which is once again highlighted with gilded elements. The inscriptions include “KURZEMES BAROKS” (Baroque of Courland) and “NIKOLAUSS SĒFRENSS” (Nicolaus Söffrens).
The edge includes two inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA separated by rhombic dots.
Each coin is struck in 92.5% silver to proof quality. The weight is 22.00 grams and the diameter is 35.00 mm. The artists of the coin are Laimonis Šēnbergs (graphic design) and Ligita Franckeviča (plaster model)
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established. The collector coins are on sale at Cashier’s Offices of the Bank of Latvia priced at 51.65 euro.