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2015 Lithuania €20 Silver Proof Coin "Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis 500 Years"

RSM Price: $115.00
Item Number: LT15AGPF1
  • Mint: Lithuanian Mint
  • Denomination: 20 Euros
  • Quality: Proof
  • Issue limit: 3,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling silver
  • Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Weight: 28.28 grams
  • Artist: Rytas Jonas Belevičius
  • Box/Capsule: Yes/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
 

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This is the first silver proof coin denominated in euros issued by Lithuania, and honors the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis.

Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis (or Mikalojus Radvila the Black) (born 1515, died 1565) is a nobleman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and reformation activist. He was one of the most educated figures in Lithuania and protected the integrity of the Duchy and its political independence. Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis corresponded with John Calvin and established an Evangelical Reformed Church "Unitas Lithuaniae". He also established a printing house to print protestant writings. Within the years 1551-1565, Mikalojus Radvila Juodasis served as a regional governor of Vilnius.

The reverse has a portrait of Mikołaj Radziwiłł “the Black” – Marshal and Chancellor of the Grand Duchy Lithuanian, Voivode of Vilnius – the coat of arms of the Radziwiłł Family; the inscription MIKALOJUS RADVILA JUODASIS, 500 (MIKOŁAJ RADZIWIŁŁ “THE BLACK”, 500) is arranged in a semicircle at the top. The obverse features a stylized Vytis on a shield in the centre surrounded by a circle of decorative elements and the inscriptions 2015, LIETUVA, 20 € (2015, LITHUANIA, 20 €).

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