Collector coin – to mark Francysk Skaryna’s first steps in printing
Today, the Bank of Lithuania presents the €20 collector silver coin dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the Ruthenian Bible by Francysk Skaryna, a cultural activist from the Renaissance epoch. This is the fourth collector euro coin to perpetuate the heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
‘By issuing collector coins, the Bank of Lithuania aims to pay tribute to prominent historical personalities and their deeds – which is what Francysk Skaryna is exactly like. His translation of the Bible into one of the languages used in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania marks the 500th anniversary this year; its translation and issuance was an event of particular importance in the cultural life of the time,’ said Deivis Stankevičius, Chairman of the Coin Creation Commission of the Bank of Lithuania.
The edge of this coin bears the date and the city the Bible was issued in – 1571, Prague. A few merchants from Vilnius contributed financially to the issuance of this coin. Some years after, Skaryna adapted his experience, accumulated in printing, in Vilnius, where he moved to and established a printing house to become the printing pioneer in Lithuania.
The Bank of Lithuania has issued nearly 20 collector coins to commemorate the historical, cultural heritage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and personalities of the time.
The new €20 euro collector silver coin as of today can be purchased at the Cash Offices of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius (Žirmūnų g. 151) and Kaunas (Maironio g. 25) or from the distributors of official numismatic items; their list is available at www.lb.lt. The coin was designed by Rolandas Rimkūnas. It was minted at the Lithuanian Mint in the mintage of 3,000 pcs.