Lithuania 5-CENTAI (KM87)
Lithuania 5-CENTAI (KM87)

Lithuania 5-CENTAI (KM87) 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.

Note that the horse and knight appear to be charging in this portrait. In later portraits (1997 and after), they are rearing up for the attack. This coin was issued one year only.


  • Diameter: 24.3 mm
  • Composition: Aluminum
  • CAT#: KM87

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