Lithuania issues coin in honor of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis

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October 1, 2015 – The latest release of the Lithuanian Mint is a 20 euro collector silver coin dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the birth of national and public figure Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis. 

Lithuania / 20 Euros / Silver .925 / 38.61 mm / 28.28 g / Design: Ruta Ona Cigriejute and Rytas Jonas Belevicius / Mintage: 3,000.

The reverse of the coin features a portrait of Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis. The notes of his well-known polonaise “Farewell to the Homeland” are depicted on the reverse of a coin. The obverse of the coin depicts a coat-of-arms of the Republic of Lithuania, inscriptions LIETUVA (Lithuania), the year of issue 2015, denomination 20 euros and a hat. The mintmark of the mint is impressed on the obverse of the coin.

On the edge of the coin M. K. Oginskis’ words TEVYNES LABUI INESU SAVAJA DALJ (For the good of my homeland I give my part) are inscribed.

Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis, painting by Francois-Xavier Fabre.

Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis (1765-1833) is a national and public figure, political emigrant from the former Polish-Lithuanian State – the Commonwealth. He was a former diplomat, one of the leaders of the Kosciuszko Uprising, nurturer of the idea of Lithuania’s statehood, composer and musical theoretician.

For more information on this coin and other releases, please visit the mint’s website.

If you would like to learn more about the Kosciuszko Uprising, please click here

And here you can listen to Oginskis’ polonaise “Farewell to the Homeland”.