When Latvia switched to the "new Lats" currency in 1993, the Bank of Latvia decided to diversify the design of the money by issuing 1-lats coins depicting signs, images, and events characteristic of Latvia.
In 2005 they featured the rooster from the spire of St. Peter's church in Riga. This church dates back to 1209, and during the third construction phase a new 64.5 m high copper-roofed steeple was completed by 1690, with the rooster on top. This tower was the tallest wooden construction in Europe at the time.
The church has been destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries, and in 1970 the seventh rooster took its place atop the most recent steeple.
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