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Lithuania 2020: The Vilna Gaon
« on: October 20, 2020, 02:51:44 PM »
Lithuania has just issued a new €10 collector coin ... in Lithuanian and Hebrew. Why? The piece honors the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, born 300 years ago. Mintage of the silver piece is 2,500 only, and the price is 62 euro. More information can be found at the central bank's website. Note the link to this brochure (PDF, English) about the man and the coin.

Update - The central bank's web store lists the coin as "sold out".

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Lithuania 2020: The Vilna Gaon
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2020, 04:29:23 PM »
Lithuania mints first euro coin with Hebrew letters

The heads side of the coin features the Hebrew letter shin, followed by the acronym in Hebrew of Gaon Rabbi Elijah.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
OCTOBER 24, 2020 12:46

The Bank of Lithuania minted the first euro piece of currency containing Hebrew letters.

The 10-euro coin was minted on Tuesday and is a limited-edition commemorative collector’s item celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon, the 18th-century rabbinical luminary Elijah ben Solomon Zalman, who lived and died in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

The heads side of the coin features the Hebrew letter shin, whose value according to the gematria alphanumeric code is 300, followed by the acronym in Hebrew of Gaon Rabbi Elijah. The tails’ rim reads in Hebrew: “The year of the Vilna Gaon and the history of the Jews of Lithuania.”

The commemoration of individual people is very rare on banknotes and coins of the European Union, partly because of the political sensitivity in a political union made up of former foes.

Earlier this month, a mural of the late Israeli poet Leah Goldberg, who grew up in Kaunas, was unveiled there along with other notable individuals connected to the city ahead of its crowning as Cultural Capital of Europe in 2022.

Separately, a monument for Holocaust victims that was smashed and knocked over in the Lithuanian city of Kaunas was restored on October 9, the news site Jewish.ru reported.

Source: JPost
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Re: Lithuania 2020: The Vilna Gaon
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2020, 11:30:13 PM »
The commemoration of individual people is very rare on banknotes and coins of the European Union, partly because of the political sensitivity in a political union made up of former foes.

Seems that whoever wrote that is not at all familiar with euro coins. ::)

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Lithuania 2020: The Vilna Gaon
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 06:22:39 PM »
Seems that whoever wrote that is not at all familiar with euro coins. ::)

May be the reporter was referring to the Lithuanian euro coins - still not entirely correct...

The Vilna Gaon coin is a hot cake though - there is an auction currently underway on eBay and it's already at €315 with 5 more days remaining for the auction to end... ::)

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