Exhibition “The Return of Lost Valuables”

The exhibition “The Return of Lost Valuables” was opened at the Money Museum’s Exhibition and Education hall on 21 December 2010 and has been open to date. It presents 240 articles of silver from Lithuania, Russia and other countries, manufactured from the late 18th to the second half of the 20th century. They include cutlery, candlesticks, tableware, and jewellery. Interesting is the history of how they turned up at the Museum. Following the re-establishment of Lithuania’s independence, in 1990–1992 the Bank of Lithuania, seeking to use depreciating rubles and protect cultural values, bought from antique shops articles of precious metals and their scrap, bought up from residents.  20.94 kg of gold and 197.97 kg of silver were bought for 12.61 million rubles. On 27 March 2000, a commission, jointly with museum employees, picked out the items and coins of historical and cultural value and added them to the Museum collections. There is also a gold watch on display at the Exhibition. It was given to Lithuania as a gift by a resident of the Russian city of Kaluga, Yevgeny Nikolayev, in support of the Lithuanian nation and in protest against the policy conducted by his country.

December 2010-24 October 2015

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