Obverse. Photo © Collector Coins
  • 2 Euro 2022, Lithuania, Lithuanian Ethnographic Regions, Suvalkija
  • 2 Euro 2022, Lithuania, Lithuanian Ethnographic Regions, Suvalkija
Description

Bank of Lithuania in 2019 started "Lithuanian Ethnographic Regions" series of coins dedicated to Lithuanian ethnographic regions. The coin of Suvalkija was the fourth one.

Lithuania can be divided into historical and cultural regions (called ethnographic regions). The exact borders are not fully clear, as the regions are not official political or administrative units. They are delimited by culture, such as country traditions, traditional lifestyle, songs, tales, etc. No region, except for Samogitia, has ever been a political or an administrative entity. Despite the fact that the regions are not political/administrative entities, most regions have their "capitals" (cities which are commonly considered to be capitals). These cities are not necessarily the largest in the region.

Suvalkija or Sudovia is the smallest of the five cultural regions of Lithuania. Its unofficial capital is Marijampolė. People from Suvalkija are called suvalkiečiai (plural) or suvalkietis (singular). It is located south of the Neman River, in the former territory of Vilkaviškis bishopric. Historically, it is the newest ethnographic region as its most distinct characteristics and separate regional identity formed during the 19th century when the territory was part of Congress Poland.

Obverse

Depicts a coat of arms of Suvalkija. The composition is surrounded by country and region names, year of issue and the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint. The coin’s outer ring bears the 12 stars of the European Union flag.

The coat of arms of Suvalkija depicts a bull. The shield is decorated on both sides by oak twigs with acorns, surrounded below by a ribbon with the motto in Latin "May unity blossom", a line from "Tautiška giesmė", the national anthem of Lithuania.

LIETUVA
2022
VIENYBĖ TEŽYDI
LMK
SUVALKIJA

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 ★

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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