Lithuania 1-LITAS (KM109)
Lithuania 1-LITAS (KM109)

Lithuania 1-LITAS (KM109) Horse

The image of Vytis -- the White Knight -- on horseback was first used in 1366 on the seal of the Grand Duke of Lithuania. From there it was handed down through centuries, making its way onto heraldic shields and state emblems. In 1940, under Stalin's rule, portrayal of the Vytis was forbidden. It was not until 1988 that it was legalized again, and in 1990 it again became the state emblem of Lithuania.

This circulating commemorative coin marks the 75th anniversary of the Bank of Lithuania. It is also marks the point in time when the horse's tail went from pointing down to up. In this pose, the horse is rearing instead of charging, and the knight is sitting back, ready to strike.

Also, is it just me, or does the guy on the reverse look like he is growling in anger? He kind of does.

Thanks to Marilynn for donating this coin!

Specifications

  • Diameter: 22.3 mm
  • Composition: Copper-Nickel
  • CAT#: KM109

Obverse Legend

LIETUVA 1 LITAS 1997

Reverse Legend

LIETUVOS BANKUI IR LITUI 75

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