Bank of Lithuania

Obverse

The national side of the coin (the obverse) features a stylised straw garden consisting of geometric shapes of varying sizes, one tip of which is pointed upwards (to the sky) and the other downwards (to the underground). The national side also bears the inscription “LIETUVA” (LITHUANIA), the year of issue (2024), the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint and the twelve stars of the EU. Straw gardens are a Baltic cultural tradition that carries decorative and ceremonial significance and is related to well-being and spirituality.

Reverse

The common side of the coin features a geographical image of Europe.
Coin dedicated to the Lithuanian tradition of straw gardens inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Coin dedicated to the Lithuanian tradition of straw gardens inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Denomination: €2
Composition: alloy
Diameter: 25.75 mm
Weight: 8.50 g
Quality: BU, UNC
Coin type: commemorative

Designed by Tomas Dragūnas (national side) and Luc Luycx (common side)

On the edge of the coin: LAISVĖ * VIENYBĖ * GEROVĖ * (FREEDOM * UNITY * WELL-BEING *)
Release date: Q3-Q4 2024
Mintage: The estimated mintage is 500,000 pcs, including 495,000 UNC-quality coins in rolls and 5,000 BU-quality coins in a numismatic package.
Minted at the Lithuanian Mint


Coin description

The Lithuanian tradition of straw gardens is a unique cultural phenomenon inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Straw gardens are geometric ornaments made from natural fibre straws, which are threaded to form triangles and squares. They decorate Lithuanian homes and are deeply rooted in Lithuanian culture. In ancient cultures, triangles symbolised the spirit and squares symbolised matter, the combination of which forms a garden.

Making straw gardens is an activity that is still cherished today. Upholding this tradition helps to preserve our unique cultural heritage. The inscription of straw gardens on the UNESCO list is an important step in their preservation and will help to continue the tradition of making them in Lithuania.

Last update: 17-05-2024