The Bank of Lithuania is ringing in the season of sun with a
commemorative issue to be released in two denominations on June 7, for
the country’s midsummer Joninės festival.
According to the Bank of Lithuania statement, the June 24 holiday
also known as Rasos is held just after the summer solstice. At this
time of year, the smell of jasmine, colors of peonies and poplar
blossoms are abundant, and the dew on the morning of the festival is
said to have special powers for the mind and body. The holiday’s
traditions include bonfire burning, wreath making and a hunt for a
mythological blooming fern.
The coin design embodies the spirit of the celebration. The reverse
depicts an unfurling fern fiddlehead with the fern blossom in its
center, all backed by the moon and sun and encircled by a border
incorporating greenery and dew droplets. The artwork is surrounded by
the inscriptions JONINĖS and RASOS ŠVENTĖ. The obverse contains dew
droplets situated to form the knight from Lithuania’s coat of arms,
the inscriptions LIETUVA, 2018, and €5 or €1.50, and the Mint mark of
the Lithuanian Mint.
The copper-nickel €1.50 version of the coin weighs 11.1 grams,
measures 27.5 millimeters in diameter, has a mintage limit of 30,000
pieces and is priced at €2. The edge is described as a “rimmed-edge.”
The Proof .925 silver €5 coin version weighs 12.44 grams, measures
28.7 millimeters in diameter, has a mintage limit of 3,000 pieces and
is priced at €49. A stylized oak wreath is displayed on its edge.
Pad-printing technology was used to colorize the central fern “blossom.”
The coins were designed by Eglė Ratkutė and struck at the Lithuanian
Mint. For more information, visit the Bank of Lithuania’s website.
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