Symbols on Grand Duchy of Lithuania coins: the religion, the ruler, the state

Foto: DELFI / Paulius Garkauskas

First coins of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania were minted in the late 14th century, right after Jogaila became the king of Poland and Lithuania began the process of Christianisation (in 1386–1387). The Christianisation kick-started a number of important changes in the country, and some of them found their reflection in early Lithuanian coins. The symbolism of the coins was dominated by the motives of religion and authority because in addition to being part of the economy, the coins were supposed to deliver messages about the ruler of the country among various groups of the society.

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