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600th Anniversary of Christening of Samogitia Celebrated
By Lisa Bellavin
August 20, 2013

The National Bank of Lithuania will release a 50 litas commemorative coin dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the christening of the country’s Samogitia region. It will be launched September 6th, 2013.

Samogitia is one of the five ethnic regions of Lithuania. It has a long and storied cultural history, including it’s own distinct language. In 1413, the region became the last in Europe to be converted to Christianity, a significant event in the history of the European continent.

The coin will be struck of .925 silver in proof quality. The diameter is 38.61mm and the weight is 28.28g. The mintage of the coin is 3,000.

On the reverse of the coin, a symbolic fragment of christening is artistically depicted in the center, the inscriptions ŽEMAITIJOS KRIKŠTAS (English translation – SAMOGITIA CHRISTENING) and 600 are arranged around the fragment.

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The obverse of the coin features a stylized Vytis, the state emblem of the Republic of Lithuania, in the center; the inscription LIETUVA (English.translation. – LITHUANIA) above it, and the denomination 50 LITU (50 litas) at the bottom.

The mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint is impressed on the obverse of the coins on the left, and the mark of the designer on the right.

The edge of the coin bears the inscription CONVERSIO CHRISTIANA SAMOGITIAE MCDXIII (English Translation – CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANITY OF SAMOGITIA 1413).

The coins will be minted at the Lithuanian Mint and designed by Petras Repšys.

The price is LTL 150 (EUR 43.45) in a display box and LTL 135 (EUR 36.10) without a box, inclusive of VAT.

To make a purchase or for more information on the Bank of Lithuania, collectors can visit the firm's website at

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