Glittering laser star on gold coin


The 5 euro gold coin dedicated to Physics, issued by the Bank of Lithuania today, was presented at the recently opened National Centre for Physical and Technological Sciences in Vilnius. It also currently invites visitors to the world-famous CERN exhibition.

‘Symbolically, this coin is the first coin in the history of Lithuanian collector coins that was minted by using a laser for preparing the minting tools. The new coin perpetuates laser physics — a branch of physics that has garnered international acclaim and which is developed particularly successfully in Lithuania,’ said Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania. ‘I have no doubt that this lase-lit star, which we see on the reverse of the coin, is also a symbol of the bright and perspective future of physical sciences in Lithuania.’

‘I am so glad that this coin, dedicated to Physics, appeared in the same year when Lithuania marks the 50th anniversary of the first laser. A great share of lasers of the global laser market are produced namely in our country. Symbolically, on this day, 47 years ago, the first Physicists Day took place. I am extremely delighted that the gold coin features Lithuanian sciences. It would be desirable, however, that it should be made meaningful in the state’s monetary policy as a real piece of gold, which is extremely significant for our country, as well,’ says Professor, Rector of Vilnius University   Artūras Žukauskas.

The potential of laser physics and technology in Lithuania began to spread more than five decades ago, i.e. not long after US physicist Theodore Harold Maiman in the 1960s created the first laser, writes prof. Habil. Dr. Algis Petras Piskarskas, the creator of the laser science in Lithuania, in the brochure issued together with the coin. Twenty five companies developing the laser industry currently operate in our country. Lithuania’s laser industry takes up 10 per cent of the global scientific laser market.

The coin dedicated to Physics is the third coin from the series “Lithuanian Science.” The first was issued in 2012 and was dedicated to Lithuania’s achievements in cardiac surgery. The second coin, issued in 2014, was dedicated to Baltic Studies. In issuing coins from this series, the immortalised fields of science are discussed by the Bank of Lithuania with the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.

The author of the new coin’s graphic design is Jolanta Mikulskytė, for whom this is the first collector coin. The author of the plaster model is Giedrius Paulauskis.

The coins were minted at the UAB Lithuanian Mint, the mintage is 5,000 pcs. The coins can, from their date of issue, be purchased at the cash offices of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius (Totorių g. 2/8 and Žirmūnų g. 151) and Kaunas (Maironio g. 25). The coins are also distributed by official distributors of numismatic items.

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Last updated: 2021-07-08