Baltic culture is the subject of Lithuania’s upcoming circulating
commemorative €2 coin.
The obverse of the coin shows an amber disc, one of the most
characteristic symbols of the Baltic culture, according to an
announcement from the Official Journal of the European Commission. The
disc is decorated with a crosspiece of drilled dots — an ornament
symbolizing the world’s axis, according to the announcement. At the
top is the name of the issuing country, LIETUVA, flanked by the Mint
mark and the year of issuance, 2016.
The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber,
called Baltic amber.
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In total 1 million coins are scheduled to be released during the
first half of 2016.
The ringed-bimetallic coin has a copper-nickel core and
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag. The
common reverse shows a map of the European Union.
The €2 coin weighs 8.5 grams and measures 25.75 millimeters in diameter.
Each nation is allowed to issue up to two different circulating
commemorative designs annually, with designs of their choosing, though
few nations issue the maximum number of designs.
Joint euro programs like the 2015 coins honoring the 30th
anniversary of flag of the European Union do not count toward this limit.