Latvijas Banka plans to issue a 2 euro commemorative coin "The Rising Sun" dedicated to the history of the Coat of Arms of Latvia this autumn.
The motif of a rising sun was very popular at the time of the foundation of the Latvian state. The rising sun symbolised the new country.
The sun motif created by artist Ansis Cīrulis in 1915 was first reproduced on the badges of the Latvian Riflemen Battalion and on the flag of the 1st Daugavgrīva Latvian Riflemen Battalion.
It was also part of the design proposal for the symbol of an autonomous Latvia, created by artist Ansis Cīrulis in 1917. Later on this motif emerged as one of the basic elements of the Coat of Arms of Latvia.
The theme of the rising sun was used several times by Ansis Cīrulis in his work, including the first Latvian postage stamp and the interior decorations of the Ambassadors' Hall of the Riga Castle.
At the same time, by this coin we shall also pay tribute to Ansis Cīrulis artistic contribution to the Latvian culture.
The estimated mintage of the 2 euro commemorative coin "The Rising Sun" is 300 000 pcs and 7 000 coins in BU quality.