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2 litai LITHUANIA (1998-2010)

2 litai 1998-2010 - Lithuanian coins
2 litai 1998-2010 - coins of Lithuania
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.0 mm 7.5 g 2.2 mm Cu72Ni25 / CuZnNi
obverse:
in the centre Coat of Arms (Vytis) by Arvydas Každailis, along the top edge: LIETUVA (Lithuania), below year of issue centered
reverse:
face value: 2 centered, below: LITAI centered, in the outer ring two motifs of wheat on the wind symmetric about the vertical coin axis
edge:
five reeded sections separated by shorter plain sections; in each of reeded sections three middle mills are thicker
issue date:
1998
withdrawal date:
15 I 2015
designer:
Antanas Žukauskas
mint:
Lietuvos Monetų Kalykla (The Lithuanian Mint), Vilnius
mintage:
1998 ???
1999 ???
2000 - + 5 000 in annual boxed sets
2001 ???
2002 5 000 000
2003 - + 10 000 in annual boxed sets
2008 ??? + 4 000 in annual boxed sets
2009 ??? + 5 500 in annual boxed sets
2010 ??? + 3 500 in annual boxed sets
2011 - + 4 500 in annual boxed sets
2012 - + 4 000 in annual boxed sets
2013 - + 7 000 in annual boxed sets
2014 - + 8 000 in annual boxed sets
There were 33,900,000 coins of various types of 2 litai denomination in Lithuanian circulation on December 31, 2013. In 2014 they were being withdrawn gradually from circulation.
varieties:
2008 - LITAI on the reverse written in a bold font and the motifs thick or LITAI written in narrow letters and the motifs thin

Variety of 2 litai from 2008
interesting facts:
The winning design of new Lithuanian coins 10, 20 and 50 centų (centas) as well as 1, 2 and 5 litai (litas) proposed by Antanas Žukauskas contains clear concave and convex elements, which allow distinguishing between the types of coins even by sight-impaired. Usage of bimetal technology for the coins of higher face values 2 and 5 litas not only improved fast type recognition, but also limited forgery activities.
last update: 1 I 2015

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