Description

This coin dedicated to the Baltic Culture. The Baltic states, also known as the Baltics, Baltic nations or Baltic countries, are the three countries in northern Europe on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The Baltic states cooperate on a regional level in several intergovernmental organizations.

While the native populations of Latvia and Lithuania are known as Baltic people, those of Estonia are Finnic people together with the Finns. Another Baltic identity, Baltic German, began to develop during the Middle Ages after the Livonian Crusade.

Obverse

An amber disc, one of the most characteristic symbols of the Baltic culture. The amber disc is an archaeological finding of the Neolithic era. The disc is decorated with cross-drilled holes, symbolizing the axis of the world. At the top appears the name of the issuing country, flanked by the mintmark and the year of issue. The coin's outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union flag.

Engraver: Jolanta Mikulskytė.

LIETUVA
2016
LMK

Reverse

A geographical map of Western Europe spans the outer ring and inner core on the right side of the coin. The inscription 2 EURO is superimposed over the map of Europe, with the numeral “2” located in an open field representing the eastern Atlantic Ocean.

12 stars are located on the right side of the outer ring, with six stars atop the map of Europe and six stars below it; six vertical stripes cut across the inner core of the coin, visually connecting the upper and lower star segments.

Luc Luycx, a designer at the Royal Belgian Mint, designed the Euro’s common reverse; his initials, LL, are seen on the right side of the design, just under the “O” in “EURO.”

2 EURO
LL

Edge

'Freedom, Unity, Prosperity' in Lithuanian.

LAISVĖ ★ VIENYBĖ ★ GEROVĖ ★

2 Euro

Baltic Culture

Schön# 153
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Nickel Brass
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Lithuanian Mint (LMK)

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