New Lithuanian coin Vilnius

New Lithuanian coin Vilnius

On 31st August 2017, the Bank of Lithuania issued a 2 euro commemorative coin, dedicated to Vilnius. 

With the issuance into circulation of the €2 coin dedicated to Vilnius, the Bank of Lithuania sends a message to the world about a modern and tolerant city, conducive to business, trade, and life. 

‘Today, Vilnius is entering a new phase of thriving, with the city growing and expanding dynamically, new businesses setting up, and new traditions starting to unfold. It is, however, important for us to preserve and memorialise the past, hidden in church towers and the cosy streets of the Old Town,’ said Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius, at the coin presentation.

The centre of the national side of the coin depicts the architectural landscape of Vilnius, featuring the Bell Tower of Vilnius University, the Tower of the Church of St. Francis and St. Bernard and the domes of an Orthodox church. The words VILNIUS and LIETUVA are inscribed in a semi-circle. The Lithuanian Mint mark is also impressed. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European flag.

The common side of the coin is the same as on the regular €2 circulation coins. 

The edge lettering is the same as on the regular €2 circulation coins issued by Lithuania: „LAISVĖ * VIENYBĖ * GEROVĖ“ (FREEDOM * UNITY* WELL-BEING).

The national side of the coin is designed by  and Giedrius Paulauskis.

The common side of the coin is designed by Luc Luycx. 

The Lithuanian commemorative 2 euro coins, dedicated to Vilnius, were minted at the UAB Lithuanian Mint. The mintage of the coin is 1.000,000, including 10,000 of a higher (BU) quality in a numismatic package.

Weight: 8.50 g; diameter: 25.75 mm; width of edge: 2.20 mm

Metal: alloy of different metals (outer ring of copper-nickel alloy, in silver colour; central field in three layers of nickel-brass alloy, nickel and nickel-brass, in gold color)

Source of information: Bank of Lithuania: