For this week’s blog-ette, we are looking at a note from Lithuania. Lithuania is in the Baltic region of Europe, and in 1990 was the first of the Soviet Republics to declare itself an independent nation. The first bank notes from Lithuania were dated 1991, but were not released until 1993. Lithuania continued using Litas until they adopted the Euro on January 1, 2015. The note we are looking at this week is 10 Litas p68 2007.
This note is purple, blue and green, and has Lithuanian text. The front of this note shows aviators Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas, while the back of the note shows the airplane they were flying when they made their famous trip across the Atlantic Ocean.Darius and Girenas were Lithuanian pilots, who immigrated to the United States. Both were highly accomplished pilots, and Girenas even won an award in a flight festival in Chicago.
On July 15, 1933, the two pilots took off from an airfield in New York City on their Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker called Lituanica. Darius and Girenas planned to cross the Atlantic and land in Kaunas, Lithuania. They successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean; however, on July 17th they crashed near Soldin, Germany. Unfortunately, the reason for the crash is unknown, but experts believe it was due to bad weather. Nevertheless, the flight successfully flew 6,411 km, and gave significant scientific and technological data.
This note honors these two pilots and their famous flight. In addition, to being used on Lithuania’s p68 banknote, they built a mausoleum in their honor in Lithuania, and a monument in Chicago. This note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Denomination: 10 Litas
Pick #: 68
Depictions: Aviators Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas; Monoplane above clouds, with outlines of North American and Europe below
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2 “