Latvia’s central bank has issued a 2015 circulating
commemorative €2 coin to commemorate Latvia’s turn in the presidency
of the Council of the European Union.
The coin was unveiled Feb. 9 and began circulating Feb. 10.
The presidency of the Council rotates among the EU member states
every six months. During this period, the presidency chairs meetings
at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the
EU’s work in the Council.
The presidency has two main tasks, planning and chairing meetings in
the Council and its preparatory bodies and representing the Council in
relations with the other EU institutions
The obverse or national side of Latvia’s ringed bimetallic coin
bears an archetypal image of a millstone, the logo of the Latvian
Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with the inscription
LATVIJAS PREZIDENTURA ES PADOME (translating to “Latvian Presidency of
the Council of the EU”) above and EU2015.LV (a website) below.
The obverse was designed by Gunars Lusis and modeled by Janis Strupulis.
The common reverse, showing a map of the European Union, was
designed by Luc Luycx.
The edge lettering of DIEVS SVETI LATVIJU translates to “God Bless Latvia.”
Latvia’s commemorative €2 coin has the same standard
specifications as all regular, ringed-bimetallic €2 coins, weighing
8.5 grams and measuring 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
The coin has a copper-nickel ring and a
nickel-brass/nickel/nickel-brass layered core.
Latvia had the coins struck by the Staatliche Münzen
Baden-Württemberg in Germany.
The coin has a mintage of two million pieces.