5 euros 2015 Lithuania – coin 25th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuania’s independence
5 euros proof coin
Diameter 28.00 mm, Weight 10.00 g
Mintage — 25,000 pcs
Issued in 2015
The reverse of the coins features a boat with a sail shaped like a wing of a bird, the Lithuanian Tricolour and a musical fragment of the national anthem; the inscription NEPRIKLAUSOMYBĖS ATKŪRIMAS 25 (RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE 25) is arranged in a semicircle.
The obverse of the coins features a stylised Vytis, the inscription LIETUVA (LITHUANIA) at the top, the denomination €5 — on the left and the year of issue 2015 at the bottom. The mintmark of the Mint is impressed on the reverse of the coins.
After the LithuanianSąjūdis for independence (which had lasted for two tumultuous, but peaceful, years), on 11 March 1990, with the encouragement of Stasys Lozoraitis Jr., chief of Lithuania’s diplomacy in exile, the Supreme Council of Lithuania, chaired by Vytautas Landsbergis, announced the Act of the Re-Establishment of the State of Lithuania. It, appealing to the continuity of the constitutional foundations of the 1918 Act of 16 February and the 15 May 1920 Declaration of the Constituent Assembly of Lithuania, urbi et orbi proclaimed “that the execution of the sovereign powers of the State of Lithuania abolished by foreign forces in 1940, is re-established, and henceforth Lithuania is again an independent state”. This way it was very clearly stated that with the 11 March Act that the Lithuanian State was not created, it was only re-established — restitutio in integrum — the execution of its sovereign powers, which had been interrupted by force by the Soviet occupation and
annexation, lasting half a century.