Bank of Lithuania


The obverse of the coin bears a knitting that features the main motif of the fairy tale, the inscription “Lietuva” (Lithuania) and a symbolic silhouette of the Vytis. The composition, as an allusion to a cosy evening when fairy tales are told, is surrounded by small stars and the moon, the denomination €5, the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint and 2024, the year of issue.


The reverse of the coin features the silhouette of the main character in the fairy tale (the sister) and the symbolic figures of her twelve brothers, Black Ravens, descending and turning into human beings. A symbolic tattoo – the tree of life – on the sister’s back depicts the key moments of her life: birds, winds, clouds, a mountain, children, a bonfire and a crown are all depicted using Lithuanian folk ornaments, reinforcing the mystical plot of the fairy tale. The composition is surrounded by the inscription “Dvylika brolių, juodvarniais lakstančių” (The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens).

€5 coin dedicated to the fairy tale “The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens” (from the series “Tales from My Childhood”)
€5 coin dedicated to the fairy tale “The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens” (from the series “Tales from My Childhood”)
Denomination: €5
Composition: silver Ag 925
Diameter: 28.70 mm
Weight: 12.44 g
Quality: PROOF
Coin type: collector

Designed by Eglė Žemaitė

The edge of the silver coin reads: “Jie per dienas juodvarniais lakioja, o ant nakties žmonėmis kalne gyvena” (By day they fly around in the guise of black ravens and toward evening turn into men and spend the night on the mountain)
Pre-order from 15/05/2024
Release date: 22/05/2024
Mintage: 2,750 pcs
Price: EUR 65.00 (inclusive of VAT)
Series: Tales from My Childhood
Minted at the Lithuanian Mint

Coin description

“The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens” is a well-known Lithuanian folk tale about a sister searching for her enchanted brothers who have been turned into black ravens. The black ravens symbolise a mysterious and magical world which is not easy to enter. This fairy tale highlights the importance of cooperation, perseverance and determination in overcoming challenges. It is a valuable teaching tool which imparts the nation’s values and morals to future generations.

Individual embossed elements of the composition of the silver coin are colored using UV printing technology.

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Last update: 24-05-2024