With the issuance into circulation of the €2 coin dedicated to Vilnius, the Bank of Lithuania sends a message to the world about a modern and tolerant city, conducive to business, trade, and life. One million of such coins minted are legal tender across the euro area.
‘Commemorative circulation coins is our way of showing to Europe of our unique identity. Two coins have already been issued in the same series – the Ačiū coin, dedicated to the Lithuanian language, and the coin dedicated to the Baltic culture; as of today, the coin dedicated to Vilnius will also contribute to spreading the name of Lithuania,’ said Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, during the presentation.
The national side of the new euro coin features a panorama of Vilnius’ churches, dominated by the Bell Tower of the Church of the St Johns, with the Tower of the Church of St Francis and St Bernard in the foreground and the domes of Orthodox churches in the far distance. Images of Vilnius can also be seen in several previously issued coins, which were dedicated to the Vilnius Cathedral, the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, and the European capital of culture, whereas the very first coin dedicated to the capital was issued almost 20 years ago.
As the brochure presenting the coin reads, the past in Vilnius is still alive, strongly and intensively affecting the present.
‘Today, Vilnius is entering a new phase of thriving, with the city growing and expanding dynamically, new businesses setting up, and new traditions starting to unfold. It is, however, important for us to preserve and memorialise the past, hidden in church towers and the cosy streets of the Old Town,’ said Remigijus Šimašius, Mayor of Vilnius, at the coin presentation.
The €2 commemorative coins dedicated to Vilnius were minted at the Lithuanian Mint. The total mintage is 1 million, of which 10,000 pieces are BU quality. The national side of the coin was designed by Vladas Oržekauskas and Giedrius Paulauskis.