Lithuania - 1 Litai
In 1993, coins were introduced (dated 1991) in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 centų, 1, 2 and 5 litai. The 1, 2 and 5 centai pieces were minted in aluminium, the 10, 20 and 50 centų in bronze and the litas coins were of cupro-nickel. In 1997, nickel-brass 10, 20 and 50 centų coins were introduced, followed by cupro-nickel 1 litas and bimetallic 2 and 5 litai in 1998. All had the obverse designs showing the coat of arms in the center and the name of the state "Lietuva" in capital letters.
The first coins were minted in the United Kingdom and arrived in Lithuania on October 31, 1990. Later, all coins were minted in the state-owned enterprise "Lithuanian Mint", which started its operations in September 1992 and helped to cut the costs of introducing the litas.
Litas Coins out of circulation
Litas coins, no longer legal tender as of 16 January 2015, are exchanged free of charge at branches of Lithuania Post and some credit unions (until 1 March 2015), at commercial banks (until 30 June 2015), at the Bank of Lithuania (for an unlimited time).
The Lithuanian litas was the currency of Lithuania, until January 1 2015, when it was replaced by the euro. It was divided into 100 centų/centas. The litas was first introduced on October 2 1922 after World War I, when Lithuania declared independence and was reintroduced on June 25 1993, following a period of currency exchange from the ruble to the litas with the temporary talonas then in place.