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Latvian euro coins feature three separate designs.[1] The design of the national side was made public in July 2006 on the home page of the National Bank of Latvia. The designs featured will be the Latvian maiden (which featured on the 5 lats coin prior to World War II) on the 1 and 2 euro coins, the greater Coat of arms of Latvia on the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and the lesser Coat of arms of Latvia on the 1, 2 and 5 cent coins.

Originally, the Freedom Monument was planned to be featured on the €2 coin, but as the original design did not meet the regulations of the ECB (it reached out into the ring of the coin and changed one of the stars), it had to be changed; Latvia decided that a changed design of the Monument would not be as recognisable and decided to use the Latvian maiden on the €2 coin, as well.[2]

Latvia has been a member of the European Union since 1 May 2004 and is a member of the Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union, but it has not completed the third stage of the EMU and therefore still uses its own currency, the Latvian lats. Latvia had originally planned to adopt the euro as its official currency on 1 January 2008. It is now expected that Latvia will introduce the euro in 2012 at the earliest,[3] although the head of the National Bank of Latvia has suggested that 2013 may be a more realistic date.[4]

However, due to the current world financial crisis and the fact that Latvia is asking for help from the IMF, it is possible that the IMF will force Latvia to give up its currency peg as a precondition; taking officially Latvia out of the ERM II and possibly moving the euro adoption date even further.[5]

Latvian euro design

For images of the common side and a detailed description of the coins, see euro coins.

Depiction of Latvian euro coinage | Obverse side
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Latvian 5, 2 and 1 cent coin design.JPG Latvian 5, 2 and 1 cent coin design.JPG Latvian 5, 2 and 1 cent coin design.JPG
Lesser coat of arms of Latvia
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Latvian 50, 20 and 10 cent coin design.JPG Latvian 50, 20 and 10 cent coin design.JPG Latvian 50, 20 and 10 cent coin design.JPG
Greater coat of arms of Latvia
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Latvian 1 euro coin design.JPG 600px-Latvian 2 euro coin designn.jpg Currently unknown
Latvian maiden


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