The monetary unit of the Republic of Lithuania —as of 1 January 2015, the euro, comprised of 100 cents.
From 1 January 2002, euro banknotes in seven denominations (5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euro) are in circulation. Copyright to the design of the euro banknotes belongs to the European Central Bank (ECB).
Each banknote is different in colour and size. The larger the denomination — the larger the banknote. The obverse of the banknotes (common side) depicts windows and gates, which symbolise openness, cooperation not only within Europe, but around the world. They also depict a map of Europe and the flag of the European Union. Several features help the blind and visually impaired differentiate banknotes of different denominations.
In 2013, the first banknotes of the second series, called “Europa”, appeared in circulation. It began with the 5 euro banknote in a new design and will continue with new banknotes of the other denominations. On 23 September 2014, the new 10 euro banknote appeared in circulation. Both the new and old banknotes are legal tender. The European Central Bank announced a promotional clip in 23 languages, dedicated to the new 10 euro banknote.
Euro circulation coins
Currently, circulation euro coins in eight denominations are used (1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, 1 and 2 euro). Circulation coins have a common European side and a unique national side.
On the common side of the 5, 2, and 1 cent euro coins, Europe is depicted on the globe together with Africa and Asia.
The designs of the common side for the 2 and 1 euro, 50, 20 and 10 cent coins are of two variations: the first version depicts the European Union (EU) prior to its expansion on 1 May 2004, while the second — a geographical depiction of Europe (as of 1 December 2007). The national side helps recognise the country that issued the euro. Each country’s euro’s national side uses elements characteristic of the country, and is surrounded by the 12 EU stars. Although one (national) side may be different, all euro coins are legal tender in the whole euro area. The euro coins issued by Lithuania depict the symbol of Vytis from our state’s coat of arms.
There may be some 2 euro coins with an unusual national side, and it likely that they are commemorative coins. 2 euro commemorative coins are dedicated only to the commemoration of important national and European things.
Coins in the large denominations — 1 and 2 euro — are dual-coloured (silver and gold coloured). Medium-denomination coins — 10, 20 and 50 cent — are gold-coloured, while the small-denomination coins — 1, 2, and 5 cent — are copper coloured.