Lithuania 5-LITAI (KM78) 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 coin is from the Republic period (1918-1940). It was the first 5-litai coin and was issued one-year only. In 1936, it was replaced with a smaller version that had a higher silver content (KM#82).
- Diameter: 29.4 mm
- Composition: 0.500 Silver
- CAT#: KM78