Lithuania 50-CENTU (KM108) 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.
Horse with tail up rearing on its hind legs, knight straight up with shield deployed... this is an 'attack' portrait, compared to the previous 'charging' portrait. The new portrait began with the 1997 coins.
- Diameter: 22.9 mm
- Composition: Brass
- CAT#: KM108