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5 Rubli 1921, Latvia

in Krause book Number: 3f
Years of issue: 06.05.1921 - 01.08.1925
Edition: Prefixes G, H, K - 1 375 830 (all - 3 625 830)
Signatures: Finanšu ministrs: Ringold Kalnings, Valsts Kases pārvaldnieks (Walsts Kases pāhrwaldnieks): Kārlis Vanags
Serie: 1919 Issue
Specimen of: 1919
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 120 x 75
Printer: Aleksandra Groseta (Mārstaļu ielā, Riga) un Valstspapiru spiеstuvēs

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5 Rubli 1921




Thin, black horizontal lines.


5 Rubli 1921

Profile of a girl (allegory of Latvia) against the background of a map of Latvia, with three stars, faint outline.

Below, an inscription in Latvian. The same inscription (second part), in Russian and German, is shown on the reverse of the banknote!

In English: "All treasury bills are provided with all the property of the state bank" "Penalty for counterfating of Latvian money, or for the storage and distribution of counterfeit goods, is 12 years of forced labor".

Denominations in figures and words are scattered throughout the entire field of the banknote.


5 Rubli 1921

Julijs Madernieks (1870-1955), one of the most significant creators of Latvian professional applied art and the most famous Latvian master of ornamentation at the beginning of the XX century, commissioned by the Ulmanis government in 1919, drawings of Latvian banknotes with the sun in the center with 17 wavy rays, symbolizing 17 counties of the former Russian Empire inhabited by Latvians, three six-pointed stars (as symbols of the unity of the three historical parts of Latvia - Kurzeme and Zemgale (Courland and Semigalia), Vidzeme (Livonia) and Latgale (Latgale), three western districts of the former Vitebsk province of the Russian Empire), the letter "L" and a ribbon in the colors of the Latvian flag.

This emblem, in 1919, became in fact the first coat of arms (emblem) of the Republic of Latvia, which was depicted on the breastplate of the Latvian riflemen who fought on the side of the Ulmanis government, on the stamp of stamp duty issued in 1919 and later formed the basis of the military emblem (cockade) of the Latvian army.


Designer: B. Dzenis.