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5 Lati 1940. Soviet government, Latvia

in Krause book Number: 34b
Years of issue: 08.09.1940 - 25.03.1941
Edition: Serial D - 150 000
Signatures: Finansu tautas komisārs: Arnolds Tabaks, Valsts Saimn. dep. direktors: Ernest Voldemārs Bastjānis
Serie: Latvijas valsts kases zime
Specimen of: 1940
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 118 х 64
Printer: A/S "Ed. Bruns un biedri", Juglasmuiža, Riga

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5 Lati 1940. Soviet government




Intertwined lines.


5 Lati 1940. Soviet government

Turaides Turaides Turaides

In the center is a bridge across the Gauja River (Turaida Bridge), which is 8 km away. from the center of Sigulda, on the P8 highway, where the streets Turaides iela and Gaujas iela are connecting.

The bridge of a unique, three-bearing, reinforced concrete structure was built in Sigulda 80 years ago - its opening took place on July 23, 1937.

The bridge across the Gauja in 1937 connected Sigulda, Turaida and Krimulda and became one of the most photographed bridges in Latvia, especially during the golden autumn. The total length of the bridge is 153 meters, the height above the river is 16 meters.

A new waterproofing was made on the bridge, a new asphalt covering was laid, the sidewalks were expanded. ( .rus)


Inscription, on right side: "Valsts Kases Mainas Zimes izlaistas pamatojoties uz kredit likuma 6 pantu".

In English: "The Treasury Bills were issued on the basis of Section 6 of the Credit Act."

Denomination in numeral is on the left side.


5 Lati 1940. Soviet government

coat coat

The image of the golden rising sun with 11 wide wavy rays, between which there were 10 narrow wavy rays, was also placed in the azure upper half of the shield of the State Emblem of the Republic of Latvia, approved on June 16, 1921 by the Constitutional (Constituent) Assembly of Latvia, the draft of which was created by the returnee from Petrograd by the graphic artist Rihards Germanovich Zariņš, together with Vilis Krūmiņš, (the artist himself signed "Zarrinsh" in Russian, Rihards Zariņš, 1869-1939), who until 1917 held the position of technical and artistic director of the Expedition of Preparing State Papers (EZGB ) Of the Russian Empire and the Provisional Government (according to his projects, banknotes and postage stamps of the All-Russian Provisional Government were issued in 1905-1917).

The lower half of the shield of the Latvian coat of arms was cut, in the right silver field was depicted a wormy rebellious lion from the historical coat of arms of Courland and Semigale, symbolizing Kurzeme and Zemgale, and a silver griffin from the historical coat of arms of Livonia, symbolizing Vidzeme and Latgale.

Above the shield, three golden five-pointed stars were depicted in an arc of a circle, touching each other with two rays, symbolizing the unity of the three historical parts of Latvia - Kurzeme and Zemgale, Vidzeme and Latgale. ( .ru)

The inscription at the bottom: "Par latvijas bankas naudas Zimju viltosanu, vai viltotu zimju uzglabasanu un izplatisanu vainigos sodis saskana ar sodu likumiem".

In English: "Penalty for counterfating of Latvian money, or for the storage and distribution of counterfeit goods, is due in accordance with laws".

Denominations in numerals are on the left and right sides. Top, in center, in words.


The issue of these 5-lats bills was due to the fact that the population withdrew silver 5-lats coins from circulation, and therefore by 1940 there was an acute shortage of them.

Engraver: Harijs Gricēvičs.

Bruns un biedri

Banknote printer - company "Ed.Brūns un biedri".

Wooden residential building - manor house in Jugla (Jägelshof) was built at the end of the 18th century or at the beginning of the 19th century. In this estate there used to be - J. Pfeils Sugar Mill and a linen factory. At the end of the 1930s of the XX century, on the estate's territory, there was a paper mill "Ed.Brūns un biedri" ("Ed. Brūns and accomplices") (the former Brūns Paper Mill, founded in 1884). The house is located on Nautrenu St. 18. The building of classicism is a monument of architecture. ( .lat)

I became interested in the question - "Why is the State Treasury (Latvijas valsts kases zime) designated by the issuer on the 10 Lat banknotes, and the Bank of Latvia (Latvijas Bankas) is the issuer on other banknotes?"

I had to start translating the article - in the article the answer to the above question !, in Latvian, I apologize for possible translation errors.

In addition, I, unexpectedly, went to the digitized archive of Latvian periodicals, where I found an article from the Russian-language newspaper Vechernee Vremya, dated November 24, 1924, just on the topic.

Please, read here.


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