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2 litai LITHUANIA (2013) Distaff

2 litai 2013 - Distaff - Lithuanian coins
2 litai 2013 - Distaff - 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); along the bottom edge face value: 2 LITAI
reverse:
in the coin centre ornamented wooden distaff; in the background pattern of parallel lines forming irregular triangles symbolizing fiber; along the top edge: VERPSTĖ (distaff); along the bottom edge year of issue 2013
edge:
five reeded sections separated by shorter plain sections; in each of reeded sections three middle mills are thicker
issue date:
29 X 2013
withdrawal date:
15 I 2015
designer:
Giedrius Paulauskis
mint:
Mint mark Lietuvos Monetų Kalykla (The Lithuanian Mint), Vilnius (mintmark at the right edge of the obverse)
mintage:
2013 100 000
thematic series:
 Nature and Culture of Lithuania - a series of commemorative Lithuanian 2 litai coins:
2 LITAI 2013 Puntukas Stone 2 LITAI (2013) Puntukas Stone
2 LITAI (2013) Stelmužė Oak 2 LITAI (2013) Stelmužė Oak
2 LITAI (2013) Kurenkahn Boat 2 LITAI (2013) Kurenkahn Boat (Kurėnas)
2 LITAI (2013) Distaff 2 LITAI (2013) Distaff (Verpstė)
interesting facts:
Distaff is a traditional wooden tool used for spinning wool, flax or cotton. It had the shape of a flat board placed on a stick and around it the fiber was wrapped. Boards had complex shapes to hold the fibers better, and its surfaces were decorated with traditional patterns. Lithuanian patterns contain characteristic six- or eight-pointed stars.

Traditional Lithuanian distaffs
photo: Juliaus Auglio, licence: CC-BY-SA 3.0
last update: 1 I 2015

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