Lithuania’s newest circulating commemorative €2 coin highlights
Lithuania’s song and dance festival.
The celebration, held every four years at the beginning of July, is
inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity.
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According to the 2018 festival website, the event has “become an
indisputable tradition [that] praises the individual’s creative
self-expression, vitality of the national culture, love for the
homeland and solidarity of its people. The celebration joins different
generations [and] contributes to the nurturing of the nationally
The obverse of the coin features figures of people and birds in a
style typical of one of the Lithuanian folk art genres — paper cutting
— symbolic of folk dance and song. The inscription of the issuing
country LIETUVA is at the center bottom, the year of issuance 2018 is
at the left side and the mark of the Lithuanian Mint is at the right side.
Five thousand coins are scheduled to be issued sometime during the
second quarter of 2018.
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.
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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.