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20 centų LITHUANIA (1991)

20 centų 1991 - Lithuanian coins
20 centų 1991 - coins of Lithuania
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
17.5 mm 2.1 g 1.2 mm CuZnAl
obverse:
in the centre Coat of Arms (Vytis) by Juozas Zikaras, below in two lines centered: LIETUVA / 1991 (Lithuania and year of issue)
reverse:
face value: 20 centered, below centered: CENTŲ, a ring of leaves at the edge
edge:
plain
issue date:
25 VI 1993
withdrawal date:
15 I 2015
designer:
Petras Garška
mint:
The Birmingham Mint, Birmingham, United Kingdom
mintage:
1991 ~ 8 000 000 never published, rough estimate + 7 000 in annual boxed sets
interesting facts:
Coins of face values 10, 20 and 50 centas of this type were minted only with 1991 date. Despite different pattern and alloy than the newer issue, the coins are still circulating, but once intercepted by the Central Bank they do not return to circulation. One interesting fact is that Petras Garška was awarded only the 2nd place in the competition for Lithuanian cent-coins design. No winner was selected. We are attaching "the winning" proposal of Petras Garška (source: www.lb.lt). Another interesting fact is that the competition requirements were based on Soviet coinage convention with face values 1, 2, 3, 10, 15 and 20 centas. Nationalist feelings prevailed, however, and the system was changed.

Proposal of Petras Garška.

Proposal of Petras Garška
last update: 1 I 2015

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