Saturday, July 4, 2015

Lithuania 2 Litai Puntukas 2013

Lithuania 2 Litai Puntukas 2013
Creations of nature and man series - Puntukas stone

                     Nominal Value 
      Mintage             Year
              2 Litai
7.5 g
   25 mm
    100 000          2013

Puntukas is the second-largest boulder in Lithuania. In 1943, sculptor Bronius Pundzius engraved portraits and quotes from last wills of Lithuanian pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas for the 10th anniversary of their deaths during the transatlantic flight with Lituanica. A local legend has it that velnias (a devil in the Lithuanian mythology) carried the stone to destroy the Anykščiai Church, however a rooster crowed. The devil disappeared back into the underworld, leaving only Puntukas behind. The legend was featured in the famous poem Anykščių šilelis by Antanas Baranauskas.According to another story, a brave Lithuanian warrior Puntukas was killed and was burned (a usual pagan custom) on the stone; since then it is known as Puntukas stone.

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