Have You Heard About the Fan of Light Rays Coin?

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Written By Natasha Jones
I'm Natasha Jones, an avid collector of coins, stamps, and paper money. My passion drives me to seek unique finds, from antique shops to international exchanges. I enjoy connecting with fellow collectors through forums and meet-ups, sharing discoveries and insights. Collecting, for me, is about preserving history and building a community around this shared interest.

On November 29, Latvijas Banka will release a distinctive silver collector coin, “Fan of Light Rays,” commemorating the 250th anniversary of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation.

Fan of Light Rays Coin:

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Latvijas Banka “Fan of Light Rays” Coin | Image by Latvijas Banka

Established in 1773, the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation stands as one of Europe’s oldest public museums and the Baltics’ oldest museum. In a historical context, it predates renowned institutions like the British Museum and the Louvre Museum. The museum’s origins trace back to the diverse collections of Nikolaus von Himsel, a Riga doctor, who bequeathed his art and natural sciences collection to the city.

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The coin’s front displays a luminous source with rays channeled by a lens, accompanied by the inscription “MUSEUM OF THE HISTORY OF RIGA AND NAVIGATION.” | Image by Latvijas Banka

The coin’s artistic design, crafted by Ivars Drulle, draws inspiration from the museum’s collection of fans—a staple in women’s wardrobes during the Himsel collection era. Taking on the unique shape of a fan, the coin’s obverse illustrates a light source, symbolizing the museum as a source of knowledge that enlightens and encourages learning.

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On the reverse, meet Dr. Nikolaus von Himsel (1729–1764), founder of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation. Inscripted with “5 EURO” at the bottom left, the centered year is 2023, and “LATVIJA” is on the right | Image by Latvijas Banka

Flipping to the reverse, the coin features the gaze of Doctor Nikolaus von Himsel, whose visionary approach led to the museum’s founding in 1773. His joyful and observant gaze serves as an invitation to explore the world—an enduring testament to the museum’s enduring legacy.

“Set your alarms for November 29 at noon! The exclusive ‘Fan of Light Rays’ coin, priced at 72 euros, drops on their website. With just 3000 in existence and a limit of 5 coins per collector, this Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt creation is a numismatic must-have. Act fast for this limited edition!

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