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20 Litų 2007, Lithuania

in Krause book Number: 69
Years of issue: 2007
Edition: --
Signatures: Lietuvos Bankas Valdybos Pirmininkas: Reinoldijus Sarkinas (in office from 15.02.1996 till 15.04.2011)
Serie: 2007 Issue
Specimen of: 2007
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 135 x 65
Printer: Giesecke und Devrient GmbH, Muenchen

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20 Litų 2007

Description

Watermark:

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A portrait of Maironis.

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20 Litų 2007

Maironis

The engraving is made after this photo of Maironis. The date and author of the photo are unknown/

Maironis (born Jonas Mačiulis November 2 [O.S. October 21] 1862 - June 28, 1932). He is one of the most famous Lithuanian romantic poets.

Maironis graduated from Kaunas high school and went on to study Literature at Kiev University. However, in 1884, after one year of studies at the university, he entered Kaunas Spiritual Seminary. While being at the seminary, Maironis became an active member of the Lithuanian National Revival. Maironis wrote a number of poems. Some of them are contained in his most famous collection of poems "Pavasario Balsai" (The Voices of Spring). Later Maironis studied at St. Petersburg Catholic Theological Academy. In the later years of his life, Maironis worked as a rector of Kaunas Priest Seminary and as a professor at the University of Lithuania, where he taught literature. He died in Kaunas (aged 69) where he was interred in the mausoleum constructed in the cathedral.

Bottom left - opened book with a feather.

Denominations in numerals are in top and bottom left corners, in center and bottom right corner. In words lower, on the left side.

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20 Litų 2007

The Vytautas the Great War Museum

The Vytautas the Great War Museum (Lithuanian: Vytauto Didžiojo karo muziejus) is a museum in Kaunas, Lithuania. It was opened on 16 February 1936 and named after Vytautas the Great, Grand Duke of Lithuania. The museum displays historical artefacts pertaining to Lithuania and Kaunas from prehistoric times to the present day, including a large collection of historical weapons. There are expositions dedicated to the military skills of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Vytautas the Great Chapel, collections of weapons, firearms, ammunition, army uniforms of various states, defense of the Kaunas Fortress in 1915, and others. The airplane Lituanicа, on which Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas flew across the Atlantic Ocean in 1933, is on display and remains a popular exhibition.

Statue of Freedom Statue of Freedom Statue of Freedom

A little to the right is the statue of liberty in Kaunas.

The statue was erected in Kaunas in 1928 by sculptor J. Zikaras.

During the reign of Stalin, it was destroyed. In 1989, the monument was restored at the Unity Square, opposite the Military Museum of Vytautas the Great.

coat Lithuania

The coat of arms of Lithuania, consisting of an armour-clad knight on horseback holding an olden sword and shield, is also known as Vytis ("the Chaser"). The Lithuanian coat of arms is one of the oldest national coats of arms in Europe. It is one of very few containing symbolism adopted from ducal portrait seals rather than from coats of arms of dynasties, which is the case for most European countries.

Article 15 of the Constitution of Lithuania, approved by national referendum in 1992, stipulates, "The Coat of Arms of the State shall be a white Vytis on a red field". Heraldic shield features the field Gules (red) with an armoured knight on a horse salient Argent (white). The knight is holding in his dexter hand a sword Argent above his head. A shield Azure hangs on the sinister shoulder of the knight with a double cross Or (yellow) on it. The horse saddle, straps, and belts are Azure. The hilt of the sword and the fastening of the sheath, the stirrups, the curb bits of the bridle, the horseshoes, as well as the decoration of the harness, are Or (gold).

The blazon is the following:

Gules, a knight armed cap-à-pie mounted on a horse salient argent, brandishing a sword proper and maintaining a shield azure charged with a cross of Lorraine Or.

Denominations in numerals are in bottom left corner, top and bottom right corner. In lower center in words.

Comments:

Designer: Giedrius Jonaitis.

I got this note in Juodkrante, Lithuania at 18 of May 2014.