The coin “Richard Wagner” is issued by the Bank of Latvia is a dedication to the occasion of the 200th anniversary since the composer’s birth and a memorial to his active life period in Riga when he began to work at one of his important operas “Rienzi”.
Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883) was a genius of German music and served as main bandmaster at the Riga City Theatre from 1837 to 1839. Riga was the second city where in 1843, a few months after the premiere in Dresden, there was a performance of “The Flying Dutchman”.
Face value: 1 lats
Weight: 22.00 g, diameter: 35.00 mm
Metal: silver of .925 fineness, quality: proof
Struck in 2013 by Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt (the Netherlands)
Artists: Aigars Ozoliņš (graphic design of obverse), Ivo Grundulis (graphic design of reverse) and Ligita Franckeviča (plaster model)
In the centre of obverse, there is a sailing ship in the billowing sea, with semi-circled inscription 1 LATS on the right and the year 2013 at bottom left.
Reverse features Richard Wagner’s portrait in profile in the centre, his facsimile signature at bottom left, and a semi-circled inscription RĪGA and the years 1837–1839 on the right.
Inscriptions LATVIJAS BANKA (Bank of Latvia) and LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA (Republic of Latvia), separated by rhombic dots.