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1 litas LITHUANIA (1997) 75 Years of Bank of Lithuania

1 litas 1997 Bank of Lithuania - Lithuanian coins
1 litas 1997 Bank of Lithuania - coins of Lithuania
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
22.3 mm 6.25 g 2.2 mm Cu72Ni25
obverse:
in the centre Coat of Arms (Vytis) by Arvydas Každailis, below face value: 1 centered, along the right edge: LITAS and year of issue: 1997; along the left edge: LIETUVA (Lithuania)
reverse:
centered portrait of prof. Vladas Jurgutis (1885-1966), the first director of Bank of Lithuania, below, his signature centered; along the edge: LIETUVOS BANKUI IR LITUI 75 (75 years of Bank of Lithuania)
edge:
five reeded and five plain sections
issue date:
29 IX 1997
withdrawal date:
15 I 2015
designer:
Rimantas Eidėjus
mint:
Lietuvos Monetų Kalykla (The Lithuanian Mint), Vilnius
mintage:
1997 200 000
interesting facts:
The 1922 event of hyperinflation forced the need of exchange German Marks into some national currency. A newly established Bank of Lithuania (Lietuvos Bankas) began issuing Lithuanian "litas" (2 X) in response to Latvian "lats" issued a while earlier the same year (3 VIII). The first bank director became prof. Vladas Jurgutis. An interesting fact is that before he devoted his life to political and economical recovery of the young country, he had had a function of parish priest in Saratov and Astrachan.

We are attaching a photo of prof. Jurgutis and his signature (here found on a 50-litas banknote from 1928), which became probable outlines for the design.

Vladas Jurgutis
last update: 1 I 2015

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