The newest country in the eurozone has issued the newest circulating commemorative €2 coin.
The Latvijas Banka on Aug. 12 released a circulating commemorative 2014 €2 coin to celebrate Riga as a European Capital of Culture for 2014. The coin is also the first circulating commemorative €2 coin for Latvia, which adopted the euro on Jan. 1, 2014.
Each year the European Union designates a city or cities in the EU as the European Capital of Culture, and numerous actitivies are scheduled to showcase the national and European culture.
The central image of the coin shows the skyline of Riga and the historic center of the city (which is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites).
Depicted are, from left to right: St. John’s Church, St. James’s Cathedral, Three-Stars-Tower of Riga Castle, St. Peter’s Church and Riga Cathedral.
The coin includes the inscription EIROPAS KULTŪRAS GALVASPILSĒTA (which translates to "European Capital of Culture"), the name of the celebrated city and the year of issuance, RĪGA — 2014. The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.
Henrihs Vorkals designed the coin and Janis Strupulis modeled the coin, which was struck at the Staatliche Münzen Baden-Württemberg in Germany. The same mint also struck Latvia’s circulating euro coins.
The new coin is the same specifications as other €2 coins, weighing 8.5 grams and measuring 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a silvery-colored outer ring of copper-nickel, around a center disk that is golden colored, created from layers of nickel-brass, nickel and nickel-brass.
The central part of the reverse carries the number denomination and a map of Europe.