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One of the most beautiful Latvian coins, after World War I, when Latvia had become an independent state with its own national currency, on the reverse of the 5-lats coin, Rihards Zariņš has portrayed a girl in profile, viewed from the right side. Ears of corn on the girl's shoulder, a rich braid on her back, her collar and head-dress embroidered with an ornamental design characteristic of Latvian folk costume.

Before World War II, the 5-lats coin became popular in a short time it obtained a symbolic meaning. People gave 5-lats coins to their children as gifts; they stored and kept them "for a rainy day" .

At the time of World War II, occupations followed one another; the Latvian state lost its independence and national currency. The 5-lats coin became a symbol of Latvian freedom and sovereignty. The coin survived by being transformed into a brooch, it became a mute confirmation of the Latvian identity and the belief of Latvians in regaining their independence. It was a quiet, but obvious defiance to the occupant rule, which acquired a special meaning in late 1980s, the beginning of the national awakening movement.

Coin in setting measures 2” across and hangs on an 18” chain.

Vintage Latvian Gold Coin Cameo Silhouette Cut Out with Filigree Setting


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: gold, cameo, coin
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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