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Riga-800. 18th Century Riga

Riga-800. 18th Century Riga Riga-800. 18th Century Riga
Type: Silver coin
Material: Silver 925°
Issuance Date: 1997
Month: December
Nominal Value: 10 Ls
Maximum Mintage: 8 000
Quality: Proof
Weight (g): 31.47
Diameter (mm): 38.61
Graphic design: Laimonis Šēnbergs
Plaster model: Ligita Franckevica-Ulmane
Minted: Royal Mint (United Kingdom)



Sale

Seller Price
COINS 55.00  [38.65 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Rns 65.00  [45.68 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Latviancoins 65.00  [45.68 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Aleksandrs 50.00  [35.14 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
ppgroup 55.00  [38.65 Ls] Collector's cabinet


Buying

Buyer Price
Aigars 35.00 €  [24.60 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Ivars 45.00 €  [31.63 Ls] Collector's cabinet
Andris 37.00 €  [26.00 Ls] Collector's cabinet

Obverse

Riga's coat of arms of the 18th century, where lions, the bearers of the shield, are replaced by the Russian Empire's two-headed eagle, is featured in the centre of the coin by matting the metal to different degrees. The year 1997, numeral 10 and inscription LATU (lats) are placed under the motif.

Reverse

The Blackheads House is depicted in the centre of the coin by matting the metal to different degrees. The inscription MELNGALVJU NAMS XVIII GS. (Blackheads House 18th century), arranged in a semicircle, is above the motif. The inscription RIGA-800 is placed beneath the motif.

Edge

The inscriptions LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA (Republic of Latvia) and LATVIJAS BANKA (Bank of Latvia), separated by rhombic dots.

The beginning of the 18th century was marked by the Northern War (1700-1721) in which Sweden lost, and Riga and the province of Vidzeme became part of the Russian Empire. For the next 200 years Riga was the administrative centre of the province of Riga (from 1796, the province of Vidzeme). During the war the city suffered much from the siege and the Great Plague (1710-1711) claiming the lives of about half of the population. Once the citizens recovered, Riga's economic activity blossomed and the city established itself as Russia's second largest trading port after the Empire's capital, St. Petersburg.

Major export goods of Riga were flax, hemp, grain and wood, but import goods were salt and herring. Flourishing trade ensured employment for the population. Though about half of the population was German, Riga had become a multinational city embracing citizens not only from the countryside but also from other provinces of Russia and Western Europe.

Riga's cityscape evolved as the city was rebuilt after the war. By the middle of the 18th century, Riga's Council governed from a new City Hall with an ornate facade and a mansard roof. Facing it was Riga's architectural gem: the magnificent Blackheads House, built in 1330s as a meeting place for Riga's householders. At the end of the 15th century the brotherhood of young, unmarried German traders - the so-called Blackheads - started renting the building, and by 1713 it was turned over to the brotherhood. In the second half of the 18th century, Johan Christoph Brotze (1742-1823) captured Riga's buildings, inhabitants and lifestyle in drawings and descriptions, which, compiled in 10 volumes, were a unique monument to the Riga of the 18th century.

The coin's reverse features the Blackheads House, as it was in the 18th century. The obverse shows Riga's coat of arms of the 18th century, which reveals the change of power. In 1723 Riga's Council ruled that lions, the holders of the shield, had to be replaced by Russia's two-headed eagle.

Recent changes

[2017.11.10]   Rns: Selling price of the coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga changed from 75.00 € to 65.00
[2017.11.04]   Eurogold: Coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga taken out of sale
[2017.09.16]   Eurogold: Purchase price of the coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga changed from 35.00 € to 20.00
[2017.07.28]   Eurogold: Coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga taken out of sale
[2017.01.06]   Rns: Coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga taken out of sale
[2016.08.20]   baltcoin.lv: Selling price of the coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga changed from 75.00 € to 62.00
[2016.07.29]   Latviancoins: Selling price of the coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga changed from 80.00 € to 65.00
[2016.05.07]   Eurogold: On sale coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga with price 78.00
[2016.03.02]   Latviancoins: Coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga taken out of sale
[2016.02.18]   Rns: On sale coin Riga-800. 18th Century Riga with price 75.00