Design Selection Process
Euro coins issued by Lithuania will bear the symbol of the Lithuanian national emblem Vytis, as was the wish of the majority of the Lithuanian population. This wish was discovered through a public opinion survey made by the Bank of Lithuania, which, having estimated the results of the survey, formulated the terms and conditions of the tender for the design of plaster models for the national side of euro coins.
Fourteen artists participated in the Bank of Lithuania open tender announced in 2004 who presented 54 plaster models. The Currency Design and Production Commission of the Bank of Lithuania selected five works for further consideration to be awarded prizes. The works by the sculptor Antanas Zukauskas from Vilnius was selected as the best. On 24 February 2005 the Board of the Bank of Lithuania approved three plaster models by this author to be used for the national side of euro coins
Lithuania Euro Coins
The Vytis will be surrounded with 12 stars: against the background of vertical lines on 1 and 2 euro coins; against horizontal lines on 10, 20 and 50 euro cent coins; and on a plain surface on 1, 2 and 5 euro cent coins.
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