Lats: coin from Republic of Latvia (1923-2013); 100 santims

LATS: COIN OF LATVIA

1 lats, 1924: Republic of Latvia

1 lats, 1924: Republic of Latvia

Latvian lats are known to numismatists in two forms: the first lats (silver coins of 1923-1932) + the second lats (coins of 1992-2013). 

From the moment of occupation in 1940 until the restoration of independence on the territory of Latvia Soviet rubles were used.

1 LATS 1924.

LATVIJAS REPUBLIKA: Republic of Latvia.

Coat of arms of Latvia: the three stars above the shield represent three historical regions of Latvia: Vidzeme (Swedish Livonia), Latgale (Latgalia or Polish Livonia) and Kurzeme (Courland); the sun represents freedom, the lion — Courland, the griffin — Vidzeme and Latgalia.

Engraver: Jānis Roberts Tillbergs.

The Royal Mint (United Kingdom, London).

  • Silver (0.835): 23 mm - 5.0 g
  • Reference price: 5.4$

COIN LATS — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. REPUBLIC OF LATVIA (1923-2013): lats = 100 santims

The lats coin got its name from the name of the issuing state — Latvia. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the term did not exist.