Collector Coin

The Bank of Lithuania plans to release a new collector coin to commemorate the 300th birth anniversary of the renowned Jewish sage of the 18th century, the Vilna Gaon.

The Obverse

The sign of the Litvaks (a symbol of communal identity representing the identification of Jews as Lithuania’s citizens with the State of Lithuania ever since the ruling time of the Grand Duke Gediminas); the coin denomination ‘10 €’is above it; and below it: the inscription ‘Lithuania’, the year of release ‘2020’, the logo of the creative team of the authors, and the logo of the Lithuanian Mint. The design of the coin is surrounded by the inscription ‘The year of the Vilna Gaon and of the history of the Jews of Lithuania’ in Lithuanian and in Hebrew. The figure ‘5780’ corresponds to the year 2020 according to the Jewish calendar.

The Reverse

ש, the crown-like letter ‘SHIN’, which in Hebrew means ‘300’ by Gematria. גר"א is a shortened version for the Hebrew name ‘Ha Gaon Rabbi Elyahu’ translated as ‘Gaon (Genius) Rabbi Elijah’, and the honour extended to the Vilna Gaon and his 300th anniversary is further enhanced by highlighting his name and the ‘shin/crown’, by way of tampographic printing. The figure 300 at the bottom of the coin sits on the symbolic Torah scroll. The coin is surrounded by the inscriptions ‘Vilna Gaon’, ‘Elijah ben Solomon Zalman’ in Lithuanian and in Hebrew.

Denomination: € 10.
Composition: metal silver Ag 925.
Weight (g): 23.30 g.
Quality: proof.


Graphic designers: Viktorija Sideraitė-Alon, Jūratė Juozėnienė, Albinas Šimanauskas.
Edge lettering in Lithuanian and Yiddish: ‘If you want, you can become a genius too’.

Minted at the Lithuanian Mint.
Release date: Quarter 2, 2020

For more information, please visit: on the website of Bank of Lithuania.

Last updated: 28-04-2020