Thursday, April 25, 2013

Lithuania 2 litas 2013 - Heritage

New bimetallic commemoratives:

"Lithuanian heritage: Kurenas, Stelmuzes Azuolas, Verpste and Puntukas"



The Kurenas is a sailing fishing boat of Courland Lagoon in Lithuania, which is unchanged in its traditional form since the fourteenth century:



The Stelmuzes Azuolas (Stelmuze Oak) is an oak tree which grows in the former Stelmuze Manor park by Stelmuze village. It measures 3.5 m in diameter and 13 m in girth at its widest part; being 2.8 m and 9.58 m at waist level. The oak reaches 23 m in height with only side branches remaining alive. It is believed to be as much as 2,000 years old; this makes it the oldest oak in Lithuania and one of the oldest in Europe. However, exact age measurements are difficult as the inner part of the trunk has been removed. In 1960 it was declared a natural monument and included in the list of protected objects in Lithuania:



The Verpste is a traditional wooden spindle:



Puntukas is a glacial granite erratic probably from Finland. It measures 6.9 metres in length, 6.7 m in width, and 5.7 m in depth (including 1.5 m underground). It weighs about 265 tons. In 1943, sculptor Bronius Pundzius engraved portraits and quotes from last wills of Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas for the 10th anniversary of their deaths during the transatlantic flight with Lituanica:



SPECIFICATIONS
Ring composition: CuAlNi
Center composition: CuNi
Weight: 7.50 g
Diameter: 25.00 mm
Artist: Giedrius Paulauskis
UNC Mintage: 100,000
Proof Mintage: 4,000


(news and information from Wikipedia, Pabitra Saha and Andrius Cerniauskas)

LINK: Bank of Lithuania

2 comments:

  1. If you take a look at the lithuanian bank site you'll find this note about the 3rd aborted emission of this series : * The coins will not be minted under the resolution of Council of the European Union on the setting of the date for termination of the clause and introduction of the euro
    http://www.lb.lt/programmes_of_issue
    See :
    8. Four collector (commemorative) circulation coins (3rd program)*

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  2. These are the last 2 litai commemoratives : the lithuanian bank will not mint the 3rd serie in 2014 because of the introduction of euro.See point 8 of 2014 programme:"The coins will not be minted under the resolution of Council of the European Union on the setting of the date for termination of the clause and introduction of the euro."
    http://www.lbank.lt/programmes_of_issue

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