Symbolic societal construction on a coin dedicated to Social Sciences
Today, 29 October, the Bank of Lithuania issues into circulation the €5 gold collector coin dedicated to Social Sciences. It is the 6th and the last coin in the series “Lithuanian Science”. The reverse of the coin features a geometric symbol of separate cubes, forming the common societal construction.
“On the coins dedicated to Lithuanian science we commemorated scientific breakthroughs that we are proud of: the coins feature lasers, satellites, DNA fragments as well as an amber disc from the Neolithic period. In 2012, we launched the coin series “Lithuanian Science” with a coin dedicated to medical sciences, i.e. Heart Surgery, which featured a human heart. It is symbolic that we complete the series with a coin which is again closer to people: different disciplines of social sciences, from psychology to law, economics and politics, precisely look into their relationships,” says Asta Kuniyoshi, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania.
The obverse of the new coin features an abstract symbol of the Vytis, formed from fragments of intersecting and intertwined lines, symbolising the interdisciplinarity and interconnections of social sciences. The reverse of the coin extends the motifs of the intertwined lines depicted on the obverse. In the middle of the composition, there is a geometric symbol of separate cubes, forming the common societal construction: the composition of visible and implied cubes is also an allusion to social sciences – a dynamic, open and infinite structure uniting similar scientific methodologies.
The author of the graphic design is Antanas Pocevičius.
Brochure, which is published along with the gold collector coin, reviews the development and achievements of Lithuanian social sciences. The author of the brochure is Prof. Habil Dr. Arvydas Virgilijus Matulionis.
The mintage of the coin is 3,000 pcs.
The coin completes the series “Lithuanian Science”. The series already features coins dedicated to Heart Surgery, Baltic Studies, Physics, Technological Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. The scientific fields commemorated by the series have been discussed with the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.