Gold Lithuania Millennium Anniversary Coin
The Bank of Lithuania
has issued the second proof gold coin in a
series of three to commemorate the millennium
anniversary of the first written mention of
Lithuania — found in a medieval Prussian
manuscript, the Quedlinburg Chronicle, on
February 14, 1009.
"This is already the fifty sixth commemorative
coin issued by the Bank of Lithuania. It
reflects the historical and cultural heritage of
the Grand Duchy of Lithuania symbolising the
prosperity of the State," the Chairman of the
Board of the Bank of Lithuania said.
The 100 Litas 999.9 fine gold coin was designed
by Liudas Parulskis and implemented in plaster
by Giedrius Paulauskis. Struck and minted en
mass at the Lithuanian Mint, it has a diameter
of 22.3 millimeters, weighs 7.78 grams and is
limited to 10,000 pieces.
The obverse ("heads" side) features the stylized
state emblem of Vytis against a background of
historic victories and flames of ceaseless
renewal. It is surrounded by the inscriptions
LIETUVA (Lithuania), 100 LITU (100 Litas), 2008
and mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint.
The reverse of the coin depicts main events and
phenomena of the state against the background of
a stylized map of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
The composition is encircled by the inscription
LIETUVOS DIDZIOJI KUNIGAIKSTYSTE (The Grand
Duchy of Lithuania). The top bears a GDL duke’s
The edge includes the inscription LIETUVOS VARDO
TŪKSTANTMETIS (The Millennium of the Name of
The coins can be obtained at the cash offices of
the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius, Kaunas, and
Klaipeda. The price of the coin is LTL 850, or
about $317 U.S. See International Currency
The first coin in the series was released in
2007. The third and final commemorative is
scheduled for release in 2009.
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