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5 Rubles 1915, Latvia

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Years of issue: 1915
Signatures: no signature
Serie: Coupons
Specimen of: 1915
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 123 х 72
Printer: Типография Готлиба Д. Мейера (Gottl. D. Meyer), Либава

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5 Rubles 1915





5 Rubles 1915


Promissory note of the city of Libau (Libau or Liepaja), 1915.

Caption: “The City Government undertakes to pay this IOU immediately upon the termination of the war.”

Liepaja or Liepāja (traditional Liepāja; Latvian Liepāja; until 1920 - Libau, from German Libau) is a city in the south-west of Latvia, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The largest city in the historical region of Kurzeme, the third largest city in Latvia after Riga and Daugavpils, an important industrial center and ice-free port, originally a naval base for the Russian fleet. It is the westernmost city in Latvia.

Liepaja is known in Latvia as “the city where the wind is born”, perhaps due to the constant sea breeze. The song of the same name (Latvian: Pilsēta, kurā piedzimst vējš), written by Imants Kalnins, became the anthem of the city.


Coat of arms of Libau: In a blue field, a golden lion standing on its hind legs, with a red tongue protruding and a double raised tail; The lion rests his front paws on a green linden tree standing next to him, to the right. Granted the highest honor on March 11, 1846.


5 Rubles 1915


Reverse duplicates obverse.


There is very interesting material here on the Liepaja promissory notes in Russian (