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1000 Latu, 1924

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This note, graded Very Good, was sold for $633 including 15% buyer's premium, at Stack's Bowers Los Angeles ANA Auction on August 5, 2009.

Front: Arms

Back: Girl in Lithuanian national custume at left, seated youth at right

Courtesy Stack's Bowers

 

Banknote Building in Kaunas, Lithuania

Banknote Building

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This curvaceous and luminous 10 story office building in Kaunas, Lithuania was designed in the form of a Lithuania 1,000 Litu 1924 banknote. Office Center 1000, better known as the Banknote Building, was built in 2008 and is being touted locally as one of the Baltic region's most daring and original construction projects.

The exterior consists of 4,500 different pieces of glass with enamel designs, which are being slotted together like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The glass was made in the Netherlands and shipped over, and it can withstand even the most extreme Lithuanian weather.

 

10 Talonu, 1991

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25 Talonu, 1991

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50 Talonu, 1991

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100 Talonu, 1991

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1 Litas, 1994

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Front: Julija Zemaite (1845-1921), Lithuanian author

Back: traditional buildings in the rural districts

 

2 Litai, 1993

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Front: Motiejus Valancius (1801-1875), bishop of Samogitia 1850-1875

Back: Aerial view of the Trakai Castle in Lithuania

 

Trakai Castle

Trakai Castle

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5 Litu, 1993

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Front: Jonas Jablonskis (1860-1930), Lithuanian practical linguist

Back: Mother and daughter at spinning wheel

 

10 Litu, 1993

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Front: Steponas Darius (1896-1933) and Stasys Girenas (1893-1933), Lithuanian national heroes

Back: Monoplane Lituanica

Lituanica was an Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker airplane flown from the United States across the Atlantic Ocean by Lithuanian-American pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas in 1933. After successfully flying 6,411 km, it crashed, due to undetermined circumstances, 650 km from its destination, Kaunas, Lithuania.

 

Darius and Girenas in front of Lituanica

Monoplane Lituanica

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Lithuania, located in central Europe was under Russian domination 1795-1917. Declared itself a sovereign republic 1917-40. Occupied by Germany 1940-44. A member republic of the Soviet Union 1940-90. It again became an independent republic in 1990. For a more detailed country profile, see CIA World Factbook on Lithuania.

 

 

 

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