Lithuania 10-CENTU (KM106) 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, appearing on the Modern Republic coins in 1991.
Notice that the horse's tail is now pointing up. The horse lifted its tail starting with the new coin issues in 1997. Also, it no longer appears to be charging and is instead rearing on its hind legs. Vytis is still holding his word overhead, but he is sitting upright and has deployed his shield. It appears they have arrived at the battle.
- Diameter: 17 mm
- Composition: Brass
- CAT#: KM106