Latvia

Latvia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Latvia chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 22-page catalog covers notes issued by the Latwijas Walsts (Latvian Government) from 1919 to 1940, the Latvijas Socialistiskas Padomju Republikas (Latvian Socialist Soviet Republic) in 1940, and the Latvijas Bankas (Bank of Latvia) from 1922 to 2009. Published 23 May 2014.

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  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
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  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
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  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Latvia to adopt euro on 1 Janaury 2014

According to Latvijas Banka, Latvia will join the European Monetary Union on 1 January 2014 when it switches from the lat to the euro.

Courtesy of Brian Lema.

Latvia new date (2009) 5-lat note confirmed


5 lat (US$9.15), 2009. Like P52, but new date.

Anyone interested in buying one of these notes can contact the contributor by clicking the link below. Be sure to say you saw it mentioned here on Banknotenews.com.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Latvia new date (2009) 5- and 20-lat notes confirmed





The Bank of Latvia has issued new 5- and 20-lat notes dated 2009. The 5-lat (US$10.10) note is like Pick 52, but new date. The 20-lat (US$40.35) note is like Pick 51, but new date. Both carry the same signature (Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor).

Courtesy of Nazir Rahemtulla and Jean-Michel Engels.

Latvia issues revised 500-lat note dated 2008

On January 19, 2009, the Latvijas Banka introduced a revised 500-lat note dated 2008. It incorporates the same upgraded security features as the 100-lat note issued on May 21, 2007.



500 latu (US$935), 2008. Like P48, but new date, new signature, varifeye window, heat-sensitive denomination in lower left front (see below).



Courtesy of Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle and Frank van Tiel.

Latvia issues revised 10-lat note dated 2008



10 lats (US$19.40)
Violet. Front: River Daugava; oak-leaf. Back: Traditional Latvian bronze bow-broach; coat of arms. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Folk-maid wearing a traditional head-dress. Printer: Giesecke & Devrient (w/o imprint). 130 x 65 mm. 2008. Signature: Ilmars Rimsevics, Governor. Introduced 01.10.2008.

Courtesy of Dmitry Litvak and Tuyet Nhung Le.

Latvia revised (2007) 5-lat note confirmed



5 lats (US$10.55), 2007. Like P49, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including two relief inscriptions of the nominal value imprinted above the oak-leaf registration device, parallelagram of LATVIJAS BANKA microprinting beneath large 5 in OVI at left. Starting serial number suffix apparently R with replacement notes presumably continuing to use Z suffix. 130 x 65 mm.

Courtesy of Jacek Tylicki.

Latvia issues revised 5-lat note dated 2006


5 lats, 2006. Issued October 12, 2006. Like Pick 49, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including two relief inscriptions of the nominal value imprinted above the oak-leaf registration device, parallelagram of “LATVIJAS BANKA” microprinting beneath large “5” in OVI at left. Starting serial number suffix apparently “R” with replacement notes presumably continuing to use “Z” suffix.

Courtesy of Girts Eisters (IBNS member 9639).

Latvia issues revised 100-lat note dated 2007



100 lats (US$194), 2007. Issued May 21, 2007. Like Pick 47, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and new security features, including serial number repeated in red in upper front left, horizontal band with 100 in greyish-brown print, 100 at lower left in larger reddish-brown OVI (also heat sensitive), vertical translucent band to left of portrait, transparent window with red semicircle of the Sun and Ls, silver Sun semicircle between the transparent window and the registration device, wider windowed security thread (with holograms and Ls 100), and 100 Ls as latent image in ornamental band on back right margin. Replacement notes suffix Z.

Courtesy of Girts Eisters (IBNS member 9639) and Frank van Tiel.

Latvia issues revised 20-lat note dated 2007


20 lats (US$39.10), 2007. Like Pick 51, but new date, new signature (Rimsevics, Governor), and wider windowed security thread on back.

Courtesy of Gunars Troska.