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Baroque of Courland

Baroque of Courland Baroque of Courland
Type: Silver coin
Material: Silver 925°
Issuance Date: 2014
Month: December
Nominal Value: 5 EUR
Maximum Mintage: 10 000
Quality: Proof
Weight (g): 22.00
Diameter (mm): 35.00
Graphic design: Laimonis Šēnbergs
Plaster model: Ligita Franckevica-Ulmane
Minted: Mennica Polska S.A. (Poland)



Sale

Seller Price
Vladimir 45.00  [31.63 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Rns 50.00  [35.14 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
bank.lv 53.00  [37.25 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
bank.lv * 47.00  [33.03 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Coins 47.00  [33.03 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Olegs 50.00  [35.14 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Vlad 54.00  [37.95 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Latviancoins 53.00  [37.25 Ls] Collector's cabinet
Jānis 50.00  [35.14 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Lilita 53.00  [37.25 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Jurijs 59.00  [41.47 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Proof 50.00  [35.14 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Kristaps 48.00  [33.73 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Līva 47.00  [33.03 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
ANTIKWAR999 44.00  [30.92 Ls] Collector's cabinet
Jānis 47.00  [33.03 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Екатерина 53.00  [37.25 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
edgars 49.00  [34.44 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Jānis 51.00  [35.84 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Juris 51.00  [35.84 Ls] old Collector's cabinet

* Wholesale price for the purchase of 10 or more coins

Buying

Buyer Price
Eurogold 20.00 €  [14.06 Ls] new Collector's cabinet
Mārtiņš 36.00 €  [25.30 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Buratīno 35.00 €  [24.60 Ls] Collector's cabinet
HAROM 21.90 €  [15.39 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Moneta 30.00 €  [21.08 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Proof 30.00 €  [21.08 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
Serge 29.00 €  [20.38 Ls] Collector's cabinet
Guntars 40.00 €  [28.11 Ls] old Collector's cabinet
ANTIKWAR999 33.00 €  [23.19 Ls] Collector's cabinet
SIMON 55.00 €  [38.65 Ls] old Collector's cabinet

Obverse

The obverse features an acanthus leaf design from the altar of the Lestene Church. The semi-circled inscription of the year 2014 occupies the upper part of the obverse on the left from the design, the inscription 5 EURO is in the centre, and the semi-circled inscription LATVIJA (Latvia) is placed in the lower part of the obverse.

Reverse

The angel from the altar of the Lestene Church is the central motif. The semi-circled inscriptions KURZEMES BAROKS (Baroque of Courland; on the left) and NIKOLAUSS SĒFRENSS (Nicolaus Söffrens; on the right) encompass the design in the lower part of the reverse.

Edge

Two inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA, separated by dots.

The end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century was a time of flourishing architecture and decorative art in Courland. Estate owners competed amongst themselves for the largest and most lavish church on their property. These desires were satisfied by the woodworking workshop of Ventspils (then Windau), which had been established to be part of Duke Jacob's great shipbuilding plans. Woodcarver Nicolaus Söffrens Sr. (?–1694) made the retable and pulpit of St. Catherine's Church in Kuldīga (Goldingen) (1660–1663), and his son Nicolaus Söffrens Jr. (1662–1710) became the most outstanding master of the Courland Baroque. The Baroque era has left a particularly rich legacy in Latvia. The 17th and 18th century churches in Courland are among the greatest treasures created in Latvia in the period of historical styles. The contemporary demand promoted the immigration of foreign artists and craftsmen and thus also flourishing of the arts.

The city of Liepāja (Libau) managed to successfully match the luxury needs of the landed gentry of Courland. In 1697, the largest Baroque altar in Latvia was built in St. Anna's Church whose retable has been included in the Latvian Cultural Canon as one of its visual art treasures.

The altar and pulpit for the Landze Lutheran Church (1701) and Ventspils Castle chapel furnishings completed by Söffrens's stepson Johann Märtens (1690–1737) were also built in Söffrens's workshop. Märtens continued the woodcarving traditions of the Ventspils school. He is the author of the furnishings of the Salgale Church (1722) as well as the pulpit and confession bench of the Kandava Church (1735–1736). The carved case of the Ugāle Church organ built by master Cornelius Rhaneus from Liepāja in 1700 was made by Michael Marquart, a Söffrens's relative, in 1697. Influenced by Söffrens's workshop was also Joachim Kreuzfeldt (1673–1721) who is considered to be the author of furnishings of the churches in Usma, Saka and Vārme as well as of parts of the Apriķi Church furnishings.

The largest Baroque ensemble in Courland (1704–1709) used to be found in the Lestene Church. The altar, pulpit, confession bench, benches for the congregation and the organ case made in the same style were the last carvings made in Söffrens's workshop. In February 1945, the church was damaged by the soviet artillery bombardments. In 1961, the Evangelical Lutheran congregation of Lestene discontinued its activities. The remnants of the demolished church were taken to the Tukums Museum in 1964, and in 1967 the curch became a grain drying kiln.

As of 1982, the partially restored fragments of the Lestene Church were on display at the Rundāle Palace Museum. Now the church is undergoing renovation, and its woodcarvings are being restored to be gradually taken back to Lestene.

The restoration of the Lestene Church and woodcarvings by Nicolaus Söffrens is one of the most important projects in protecting the cultural heritage of Latvia. The participation of each and every citizen in this project is of vital importance.

Recent changes

[2017.12.05]   bank.lv: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 45.00 € to 53.00
[2017.11.17]   Rns: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 51.50 € to 50.00
[2017.11.03]   bank.lv: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 53.00 € to 45.00
[2017.09.16]   Eurogold: Purchase price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 25.00 € to 20.00
[2017.07.28]   Eurogold: Coin Baroque of Courland taken out of sale
[2016.08.31]   baltcoin.lv: Coin Baroque of Courland taken out of sale
[2016.08.20]   baltcoin.lv: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 51.50 € to 47.00
[2016.07.14]   Latviancoins: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 51.65 € to 53.00
[2016.03.02]   Latviancoins: Coin Baroque of Courland taken out of sale
[2016.02.04]   Eurogold: Selling price of the coin Baroque of Courland changed from 51.65 € to 53.00