Bank of Lithuania

Find out whether worn, stained or otherwise damaged litas are exchanged into euro.

  Exchanged free of charge at the Bank of Lithuania
Worn banknotes
Stained banknotes (with the exception of banknotes stained with special ink used for protection against theft)
Written-on, painted, tattered, torn or otherwise damaged banknotes
Banknotes with more than ¾ of the seamless area as well as one serial and one number marking
Deformed or otherwise damaged coins where the coat of arms of the Republic of Lithuania and the denomination numeral are still recognisable
Banknotes with less than ¾, but more than ½ of the seamless area as well as one serial and one number marking
Banknotes with ½ of the seamless area, a watermark, one serial and one number marking
Banknotes with less than ½ of the seamless area, all serial and number markings, denomination numeral and the watermark
Money assumed to be counterfeit
Banknotes stained with special ink used for protection against theft

 – money is exchanged    – money is neither exchanged nor reimbursed

If there are any doubts regarding the genuineness or acceptability of litas, an acceptability evaluation is performed. For this you will have to fill out a request form (available at the Bank of Lithuania cash offices). You will receive our conclusion, determining whether your litas will be exchanged or not, within 30 days.

If the acceptability evaluation shows that the banknotes are counterfeit, deliberately damaged or stained with special ink used for protection against theft, their value will not be reimbursed and they will not be redeemed.

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Banknotes stained with special ink

When an ATM is illegally opened, the banknotes within are stained with a special ink, used for protection against theft. Consequently, the banknotes are ‘marked’.

Banknotes stained with such protective ink are thought to be illegally obtained. The value of such money is not reimbursed or returned, except in cases when money stained with such ink is presented by commercial banks and institutions that use such ink in their work.

Examples of litas banknotes stained with protective ink:

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Last update: 20-04-2017