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Friday, March 19, 2010

Lithuania Litai

Lithuania 1 centas, 1991
lithuania 1 cent 1991
Lithuania 2 centai, 1991
lithuania 2 centai 1991
Lithuania 5 centai, 1991
lithuania 5 centai 1991
10 centai, 1997
lithuania 10 centas 1997
Lithuania 2 Litai, 1999
The coat of arms of Lithuania, consisting of an armor-clad knight on horseback holding an olden sword and shield, is also known as Vytis ("the Chaser"). The Lithuanian coat of arms is one of the oldest national coat of arms in Europe. It is one of very few, containing symbolism adopted from ducal portrait seals rather than from coat of arms of dynasties, which is the case for most European countries.

Heraldic shield features the field Gules (red) with an armored knight on a horse salient Argent (white). The knight is holding in his dexter hand a sword Argent above his head. A shield Azure hangs on the sinister shoulder of the knight with a double cross Or (yellow) on it. The horse saddle, straps, and belts are Azure. The hilt of the sword and the fastening of the sheath, the stirrups, the curb bits of the bridle, the horseshoes, as well as the decoration of the harness, are Or (gold).

The blazon is the following:
Gules, a knight armed cap-à-pie mounted on a horse salient argent, brandishing a sword proper and maintaining a shield azure charged with a cross of Lorraine Or.

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