Spring is here, you wouldn’t know it from living in New England but apparently I’ve been told that it is here. And along with the warmer air,
flowers blooming, comes the ever impossible task of spring cleaning! So while sorting through my office I found three sets of these amazing Lithuanian pamphlets, I got to looking through them and found them so interesting I decided to share them with all of you as well as list them for sale here.
There are two mini sets in the set you can purchase, one is the 1991- 10,20 &50. The other is the 1994-1,2,5,10,20,50 and 100. Making a total of ten fantastic pamphlets. These are for sale individually on my site and if you’re interested in the entire ten note set email and we’ll do a deal on them!
The outside of the pamphlet are the front and back of the original specimen note coordinating to the denomination information. Once opened the left hand side is in Lithuanian (I assume my Lithuanian is a little rusty) And then on the right is the information in English. Under the basic information about the design of the banknotes is information about how to tell genuine Lithuanian currency from counterfeit notes.
As many of you many know Lithuania struggled greatly when first trying to implement their own currency (The Litas) and were forced to deal with inflation of the notes almost immediately after introducing them. This struggle resulted in panic and confusion as well a weakness for their own currency. After a few years and stabilization the Lita was introduced as the sole banknote to Lithuania in 1993. However, the company contracted to print the Litas took no precautionary measures against possible counterfeits, omitting security threads and producing inferior quality. This resulted in an abundance of counterfeit attempts. The Lita was introduced on June 25, 1993 and became the sole legal tender on August 1, 1993. The very next day “the first, high quality counterfeit 20-Lita note was discovered by a bank in Klaipeda” (Baltic Independent, 1993).
These pamphlets I have from 1991 and 1994 are explaining and warning on how to take precautions against counterfeit notes and giving consumers a reassurance that their Lita’s are genuine. Truly an interesting collective set, I’ve only got a few of these sets all in mint condition including the ten individual pamphlets in their own envelope. Although these pamphlets cover the 1991 and 1994 notes I do not know when the pamphlets themselves, were issued.
Check them out, and as always if you have any questions or comments we’ll be happy to hear from you!