Bank of Lithuania

Obverse

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 €1.50, the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint and 2024, the year of issue.

Reverse

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).
€1.50 coin dedicated to the fairy tale “The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens” (from the series “Tales from My Childhood”)
€1.50 coin dedicated to the fairy tale “The Twelve Brothers, Twelve Black Ravens” (from the series “Tales from My Childhood”)
Denomination: €1.50
Composition: copper and nickel alloy
Diameter: 27.50 mm
Weight: 11.10 g
Quality: UNC
Coin type: collector

Designed by Eglė Žemaitė

Edge of the coin: rimmed
Release date: Q2 2024
Mintage: 30,000 pcs
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.

Last update: 26-02-2024