Lithuanian Liberty on Banknote

15 May 2020  Fri

The Republic of Lithuania is a country in the Baltic region of Europe. Lithuania is one of the Baltic States.

For centuries, the southeastern shores of the Baltic Sea were inhabited by various Baltic tribes. In the 1230s, the Lithuanian lands were united by Mindaugas and the Kingdom of Lithuania was created on 6 July 1253. Lithuania, though was an independent country since the 13th century, celebrates two independence days. One on February 16th and the other on March 11th.

The spirit of the Liberty has been portrayed on a 20 litu banknote of the country. The banknote features a portrait of the Lithuanian romantic poet Maironis (real name Jonas Ma?iulis, 1862–1932) who was a great patriot and made efforts to "wake up" the nation, to inspire resistance to Russification policies and fight for the independence of Lithuania from Imperial Russia.

he obverse features the Vytautas the Great War Museum in Kaunas, with its carillon tower (the most famous exhibit in the museum is the wreckage of "Lituanica" airplane). The reverse also depicts the Statue of Liberty by Juozas Zikaras, commemorating the declaration of Lithuania's independence in 1918. The 20 lit? banknote released in 1930 also featured the same Statue of Liberty on the back, just it is on the left-hand side. The obverse of the 1930 banknote featured Vytautas the Great himself.

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