Which currency issues have been withdrawn from circulation and where can such currency be exchanged?
By now, 10, 20, 50, and 100 litas denomination banknotes of 1991 issue, 2, 5, 20, 50 litas denomination banknotes of 1993, 1 litas denomination banknotes of 1994, 10, 20 litas denomination banknotes of 1997 issue and 1, 2 and 5 litas denomination coins of 1991 issue have been withdrawn from circulation. These currency units can be exchanged free of charge at the cash offices of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius (151 Zirmunu St), Kaunas (25 Maironio St).
Are payments and settlements possible in heavily soiled, torn or otherwise damaged currency units?
Yes. Such currency is acceptable if:
- the remaining area is more than ¾ of the banknote with one serial and one number marking;
- the coins are deformed or otherwise damaged to the extent that the emblem of the Republic of Lithuania and the denomination numeral are still recognisable.
What banknotes are not acceptable for payments and settlements?
Banknotes are not acceptable for payments and settlements if:
- the remaining area is less than ¾ but more than ½ of the banknote with one serial and one number marking;
- at least ½ of the area of the watermark and one serial and one number marking remain;
- the remaining area of the banknote is less than ½ of the banknote with both serial and one number markings and the watermark.
Where can worn-out or damaged currency units be exchanged?
Worn-out or damaged currency units can be exchanged free of charge at the cash offices of the Bank of Lithuania in Vilnius (151 Zirmunu St), Kaunas (25 Maironio St), Klaipeda (16 Naujojo uosto St) and in commercial banks.
How can I recognise a real litas banknote?
Litas banknotes are well-protected with modern security measures. To make sure whether the banknote is real, look for the main banknote security features.
In case of doubt, currency units may be presented to the Bank of Lithuania for expert examination.
Does the Bank of Lithuania exchange foreign currencies?
No. Foreign currencies can be exchanged in commercial banks.
How can the images of Lithuanian banknotes and coins be used for promotional, educational and other purposes?
In order to ensure that real banknotes and coins are easily distinguishable and to avoid any damage to the image of the Lithuanian currency and the Bank of Lithuania, banknotes can only be used in reproductions where the focus is not on the banknotes themselves; they can be used on one-sided copies whose size is at least 125 per cent or at most 75 per cent of the real length and width of a respective banknote, and on double-sided copies whose size is at least 200 per cent or at most 50 per cent of the real length and width of a respective banknote; images of coins can be used in flat-form reproductions on any material with the exception of metals. For further information see Resolution on the use of images of banknotes and coins of the Republic of Lithuania.
For inquiries please contact Mr. Algimantas Sodeika, Cash Service, Bank of Lithuania, tel. +370 5 268 09 13, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who designed the present Lithuanian currency?
The currency in circulation at present was designed by several authors.
1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 500 litas banknotes were designed by the artist Giedrius Jonaitis, the 50 litas banknote by Giedrius Jonaitis and Rimvydas Bartkus, 100 and 200 litas banknotes by Rytis Valantinas.
1 litas coin, 1 litas commemorative coin marking the 10th anniversary of the Baltic Way, 2 and 5 litas coins and 10, 20 and 50 centas coins were designed by the sculptor Antanas Zukauskas, 1 litas commemorative circulation coin to mark the 75th anniversary of the Bank of Lithuania was designed by Rimantas Eidejus, and 1, 2 and 5 centas coins by Petras Garska.
Where and how can I purchase commemorative coins?
Commemorative coins issued by the Bank of Lithuania can be purchased at the cash offices of the Bank of Lithuania
in Vilnius (151 Žirmūnų g.) (opening hours Mon to Thurs: 9 a.m.–12 a.m., 12.45 p.m.–3 p.m., Fri: 9 a.m.–12 a.m., 12.45 p.m.–2.00 p.m.;
Kaunas (25 Maironio g.) (opening hours Mon to Thurs: 9.00 a.m.–12 a.m., 12.45 p.m.–3.00 p.m., Fri: 9.00 a.m.–12 a.m., 12.45 p.m.–2.00 p.m.;
Coins can also be ordered by completing and sending the order form. Telephone for inquiries is (370 5) 268 03 15.
What is the term for the distribution of commemorative coins?
The term for the distribution of each commemorative coin is 5 years. Six months before the end of the term of distribution the Bank of Lithuania releases public information about the forthcoming termination of the distribution.