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A joint postage stamp together with Vatican is released for the first time in the history of the issue of postage stamps in Lithuania Post. The joint stamp issued between Vatican City State and Lithuania Post marks the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian (Medininkai) Diocese establishment and it appeared in circulation on February 10, Friday.

The joint postage stamp between Vatican City State and Lithuania Post, which is dedicated to the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian (Medininkai) Diocese establishment, was created by the Lithuanian artist Vaclovas Butrimas. The nominal value of the postage stamp is EUR 1. In Lithuania, it is released in the edition of 200 000 copies and in Vatican in the edition of 360 000 copies.

“The 600th anniversary of the Samogitian Diocese establishment, which is being commemorated this year, is significant not only to Lithuania but also to the whole Catholic Church community of Europe. We are glad for the given opportunity to cooperate with the Vatican post issuing the postage stamp dedicated to the Samogitian Diocese establishment. This postage stamp is going to commemorate the christening of the last European nation,” Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

Different foreign countries in cooperation with Lithuania Post have already issued a few joint postage stamps, however, such a philatelic cooperation together with Vatican City State is the first one. Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Holy See has initiated the building of contacts between Lithuania Post and Vatican City State.

“An important topic to both sides was suggested, therefore, Lithuania and Vatican have successfully commemorated it in the joint postage stamp. A smooth cooperation in the field of philately shows that Lithuania and the Holy See maintain comprehensive diplomatic relations,” Ambassador of Lithuania to the Holy See Irena Vaisvilaite said.

She reminded that Vatican has already issued a set of three stamps having a Lithuanian theme so far. It was dedicated to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the christening of Lithuania. At that time, in 1987, Lithuania was still suffering under the yoke of the Soviet occupation, therefore, the issue of the postage stamp was initiated by Lithuanian emigrants.

On February 10, Friday, the new postage stamp was officially presented to the hierarchs of Lithuanian Catholic Church and foreign ambassadors residing in Vilnius. On this occasion, Mauro Olivieri, the head of Vatican post and mint, came to Lithuania.

Along with the new stamp, designated to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the Samogitian Diocese establishment, the first day cover was released. On Friday, correspondence paid by the new stamp was marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The official christening of the last European pagan country

The Grand Duke of Lithuania Vytautas and the first Samogitian Bishop Motiejus Vilnietis (Trakiskis) are depicted in the postage stamp that was created by the painter Vaclovas Butrimas. A church building is visible in the hands of the ruler of Lithuania as a symbol of faith and culture.

At the end of the 14th century only a part of Lithuania was baptized. As the western part of the country – Samogitia – was claimed by the Teutonic Order, with the efforts of Lithuanian rulers the Grand Dukes Jogaila and Vytautas the Great it was possible to christen Samogitian lands peacefully and without any conquest. The Samogition Diocese establishment was decided during the Constance Church meeting, in the longest surviving pagan Lithuanian region in 1417. The establishment of the Samogitian Diocese was approved by Pope Martynas V, who was elected at the meeting. This event concludes Lithuania's integration into the European Christian nations' family, which was initiated with the christening of Lithuanian King Mindaugas.

 

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

 

 

 

Lithuania Post issues the second set of stamps which commemorates the anniversary of a restored independent State of Lithuania on the occasion of the approaching centenary of the state restoration. On February 11, Saturday, another postage stamp appeared in circulation. This stamp is dedicated to the 100th birth anniversary of the famous Lithuanian poet of the 20th century Kazys Bradunas.

The commemorative souvenir sheet of three postage stamps "100th Anniversary of Restoration of Lithuanian State" is released in the edition of 30 000 copies. These postage stamps commemorate important historical events of the 20th century that had a decisive impact on the restoration of Lithuania's Independence: recovery of the Lithuanian press (May 7, 1904), the Great Seimas of Vilnius (May 4-5, 1905), Vilnius Conference (September 18-22,1917). The souvenir sheet of postage stamps was created by the artist Ausrele Ratkeviciene. The nominal value of each stamp is EUR 1.16.

“The democratic birth of the State of Lithuania is captured in this set of commemorative stamps: from the early rudiments of statehood, which were expressed through a saved Lithuanian word during the years of national oppression, to the created idea of an Independent State in the Great Seimas of Vilnius and Vilnius Conference. 

Therefore, these three new postage stamps recall important events of the Lithuanian history that contributed to the establishment of the Council of Lithuania, which declared the Act of Independence on February 16, 1918,” Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

Also, on February 11, Saturday, Lithuania Post commemorated the 100th birth anniversary of one of the most famous Lithuanian poets of the 20th century Kazys Bradunas (1917-2009), who belonged to the famous wartime students generation. The postage stamp in the poet's memory was created by the artist Tomas Dragunas. The stamp dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Kazys Bradunas is released in the edition of 200 000 copies and the nominal value of the stamp is EUR 0.39.

Along with the commemorative souvenir sheet “100th Anniversary of Restoration of Lithuanian State” and the postage stamp “100th Anniversary of Kazys Bradūnas”, the first day covers were released. On Friday, correspondence paid by the new stamps was marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

 

 In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

 

Litas-denominated postage stamps that have been withdrawn from circulation and soon are going to expire, have become an original piece of art. The artist Jolita Vaitkute, who had been surprising with her unique drawings created from non-traditional materials, glued a portrait of the patriarch of the nation Jonas Basanavicius using more than 10 thousand postage stamps. The picture is being exhibited in the Vilnius central post office.

"This is an unusual farewell to litas-denominated postage stamps, which have been stamped on letters and parcels for more than two decades. This year, a two-year transition period is finishing during which letter-post items could be paid with the old litas-denominated postage stamps. 31St December is going to be the last day when payments with postage stamps of the former national currency – litas will be accepted," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė said.

Last week a particularly original farewell was organized in the Vilnius central post office dedicated to litas-denominated postage stamps that from 2017 are going to expire and become only a historical value. During the event, the portrait of the brightest Lithuanian national revival pioneer of the 19th century and creator of modern Lithuania, the nation's patriarch Dr. Basanavicius was presented. Ms. Vaitkute surprises the whole world with unique drawings using food and other unexpected things, and this time the creative artist used postage stamps.

Moreover, a philatelic exhibition "Farewell to Litas-denominated Postage Stamps" was presented in the Vilnius central post office. The exhibition presents postage stamps issued by Lithuania Post since the very first postage stamps series "Angel" in 1990 until the year of 2014 when the issue of litas-denominated postage stamps was terminated. Litas became the official currency of Lithuania on 25 June, 1993 since then litas-denominated postage stamps started to be issued. The nominal value of postage stamps issued during the first years of independence was indicated in rouble, later in the temporary currency – vouchers, which were often colloquially nicknamed as "animals" or "vagnorkes" after Gediminas Vagnorius. There are more than 600 units of litas-denominated postage stamps in the stands of the exhibition.

"Postage stamps are a historical mirror of the state, which reflects the most important and significant events of the country, and scientific, cultural and artistic achievements. It is a palpable pulse of the public of that period. This philatelic exhibition marks an important political, cultural and economic period of the country.

Litas-denominated postage stamps are a glimpse into a still alive history of Lithuania lasting for more than two decades. We hope that representatives of the generation, who were born in the independent Lithuania, will be interested to see exhibits of the exhibition and to find a postage stamp, which they stamped on a letter for the first time," Mrs. Kruopaite-Laliene said.

 

How to use litas-denominated postage stamps?

Lithuania Post reminds that since 2017 only euro-denominated postage stamps are going to be valid. Residents, who still have remaining litas-denominated postage stamps, should hurry to pay outgoing postal items with them until the end of this year, i.e. 31st December.

The equivalent of postage stamps of nominal value in litas to euro is available on the website of Lithuania Post www.lietuvospaštas.lt. The litas nominal value of postage stamps has been recalculated using the official exchange rate of euro (1 EUR = 3,45280 LTL). Rounding to the accuracy of one euro cent according to mathematical rounding rules is provided in the Law on the Euro Adoption in the Republic of Lithuania.

Postage stamps with a nominal value in litas and euro will be acceptable for an unlimited period of time.

 

The Public Limited Company Lithuania Post runs the widest network of postal access points in Lithuania. Lithuania Post provides postal, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post announces the upcoming biggest holidays of the year by issuing stamps dedicated to Christmas and the New Year. White Lithuanian winter will be memorialized in Christmas postage stamps.

Two new postage stamps designed for Christmas and the New Year will decorate postal correspondence during a holiday season. One stamp depicts rural forest landscape, while the other pictures winter in the old town of Vilnius – the capital of Lithuania. They were created by the artist Dovydas Baksys.

"During a pre-Christmas period, the flow of postal items in Lithuania and to foreign countries increases significantly. We wish that postal items would be entirely festive before Christmas, therefore, we traditionally issue postal stamps designated for Christmas and the New Year, one is intended to be sent in Lithuania and the other – to foreign countries," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaite-Laliene said.

The nominal value of the stamp intended for domestic items is EUR 0.39 and it is going to be issued in the edition of 400 thousand copies. Postage stamps designated for foreign countries, with the nominal value of EUR 0.81, are going to be issued in the edition of 50 thousand copies.

Postage stamps dedicated to Christmas were put in circulation on 12 October.

Along with the festive postage stamps, the first day cover was released.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post continues to issue postage stamps from the series "Contemporary Art of Lithuania". The stamp representing graphic art and creation of a graphic artist of Lithuania Petras Repšys.

The postage stamp "Contemporary Art of Lithuania. Graphics" was created by an artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. An art piece "Sitting" of the artist Mr. Repšys is used in the stamp.  The new stamp released with the nominal value of EUR 0.48 and in the edition of 300 thousand copies.

"The stamp is one of the best ways to present the art, culture, and most famous artists of the country to the world. Creation of the designer Juozas Statkevičius has already been memorialized in the continuous series of postage stamps "Contemporary Art of Lithuania". This time we present a well-known graphic artist – painter Mr. Repšys and his pieces of art. A postage stamp is also considered as a graphic genre, therefore, a work of art memorialized in the stamp perfectly represents the graphic art," Head of Corporate Affairs Department of Lithuania Post Rasa Kruopaitė-Lalienė said. 

The new stamp, designated to represent contemporary art of Lithuania – graphics, appeared in circulation on October 8.

Graphics is a branch of visual art, and it includes drawings, prints, illustrations of books and periodicals, caricatures, postage stamps, etc. Lithuania has been popularized around the world by works of a graphic artist, illustrator, creator of medals, ex-libris, and frescoes Petras Repšys (1940). The artist's works have been evaluated by several tens of various awards. According to art critics, Mr. Repšys has brought art closer to science by visual interpretation of Lithuanian culture history, using primary sources, discussing with experts in various fields during the creative process, so that he could be considered as the first multidisciplinary creator in the country.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post issues on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services.

Lithuania Post has released the postage stamp in memory of 25th anniversary of the tragic events of January 13th. The stamp will appear in circulation on the eve of Freedom Defenders' Day, 12th January. 

The postage stamp “25th Anniversary of January 13th Events” was created by the painter Domantas Vildžiūnas. The new stamp will be released with the nominal value of EUR 0.45 and in the edition of 300 thousand copies.

“This postage stamp is being released on the eve of 13th January, exactly at the time when 25 years ago unarmed but united Lithuanian people managed to defend freedom and independence of their country being fearless to sacrifice themselves. Soon the stamp will be spread all over the world and it will remind again that the aspiration for freedom and the spirit of unity of even a small nation are able to unite people for big achievements,” the Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said.

Along with the new stamp, the first day cover will be released. On Tuesday, 12th January  correspondence paid by the new stamp will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

In the beginning of January 1991 in Lithuania, Soviet Union troops armed with heavy military equipment attempted coup d'etat. Paratroopers brutally seized Vilnius Television Tower and Lithuanian radio and television center, moreover, planned attacking the building of then Supreme Council (now Lithuanian Parliament), that were protected by thousands of peaceful Lithuanian protesters. At the TV Tower some protesters became victims as the troopers went through the crowd of civilians by tanks and were shooting at them. During this peaceful Lithuanian citizens' resistance against the Soviet troops, in total 14 peaceful civilian freedom defenders lost their lives and more than thousand got wounded.

13th January is commemorated as the Freedom Defenders' Day.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services. 

In the first postage stamps of 2016, Lithuania Post has commemorated Vytis depicted in historical state flags. The new set of 6 stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags will appear in circulation this Saturday,  January 2. 

The set of the stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags was created by the artist Eglė Jakutavičiūtė. The stamps have been released with the nominal values of EUR 0.01, EUR 0.03, EUR 0.10, EUR 0.29, EUR 0.39 and EUR 0.62. Each stamp has been issued in the edition of 1 million thousand copies.

Vytis is pictured in diverse flags on different nominal postage stamps: the flag of the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Grunwald (1410), the flag of Žygimantas Augustas  (1553), the flag of the January Uprising (1863-1864), the flag of Antanas Smetona's military institution (1928), the flag of the Reform Movement of Lithuania (1989) and in the flag of the president of Lithuania (1993).

Along with the new set of 6 stamps, the first day cover has been released. This Saturday, correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

A red banner with a white equestrian on a bay horse mentioned in the Jan Dlugosz' story, describing the Battle of Grunwald (1410) when the Grand Duke of Lithuania brought forty Lithuanian regiments, all carrying red banners. In the later historical sources a red cloth charged on both sides with the armored knight was described as the banner of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The flag remained as such until the end of 18th century.

Today, the historical Lithuanian State flag depicting Vytis, can officially be used alongside the Lithuanian State (National) flag.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-27 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services. 

This year, marking 250th anniversary of a composer, diplomat and an active culture figure duke Mykolas Kleopas Oginskis, Lithuania Post released a new postage stamp on September 26. 

The postage stamp depicting M.K. Oginskis' portrait and a notes motif recorded on a stave of his well-known polonaise Atsisveikinimas su tėvyne (A Farewell to the Homeland) (a-moll No. 13) in the background, was created by an artist Domantas Vildžiūnas. The stamp was released in the edition of 200 000 copies with a nominal value of EUR 0.81.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover was released. On September 26, correspondence paid by the new stamp was marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

“We have to be proud, that worldwide known M. K. Oginskis is related to Lithuania. I have no doubt that letters sent abroad from Lithuania with the stamp dedicated to M. K. Oginskis on them, will spread this fact all over the world even more”, the Head of Philatelic Department of Lithuania Post Ervinas Vaišnoras said. 

Parliament marked year 2015 as a year of M. K. Oginskis, whereas, UNESCO and member states included M. K. Oginskis 250th anniversary into the list of dates important to the world culture, education, science and historical memory.

Descended from the Oginski family of Lithuanian dukes M. K. Oginskis (1765-1833) – was an extraordinary and particularly talented personality of 18th – 19th centuries. He was an active public figure, diplomat of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, emigre, honorary member of the Scientific Board of Vilnius University, stalwart of social reform ideas, memoir writer and composer. Nowadays, M. K. Oginskis is mostly known as a composer, the author of Europe-famous  mazurkas, marches, minuets, waltzes and polonaises, particularly Atsisveikinimas su tėvyne (A Farewell to the Homeland). To Serve the Homeland – that was M. K. Oginskis' life motto.

Lithuania Post contributing to commemoration of M. K. Oginskis reminds to be waiting for residents' designs for Postage Stamps of the year 2016. All the contest’s terms and conditions are published on the website of Lithuania Post at www.lietuvospastas.lt.

In the course of a year, Lithuania Post releases on average 25-30 postage stamps. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic, and financial intermediation services. 

Lithuania Post commemorated a new school year by issuing the stamp dedicated for National Education Day. The special stamp appeared in circulation on 29 August. 

The new stamp designed for National Education Day was created by a student Miglė Malkevičiūtė. „I am glad that the young artist Ms. Malkevičiūtė will join the released stamps collection. Deliberately, a student's piece was chosen for the stamp to mark Education Day and the beginning of a new school year,” mentioned Head of Lithuania Post Stamps Department Ervinas Vaišnoras.

The stamp of EUR 0.45 denomination was issued with print run of 300 000. Also, the first day envelope was released together with the stamp. On 29 August, all the correspondence paid with the special stamp was postmarked with the first day date stamp.

National Education day is celebrated on 1 September. On this day all the Lithuania's educational institutions announce the beginning of a new school year. Moreover, Education Day is legally included in the Parliament approved list of memorable days.

Lithuania Post issues approximately 25-30 stamps per year. Also, Lithuania post offers couriers, logistics and financial intermediation services. 

This Saturday, April 25, the self-adhesive postage stamps from the series Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of the Lithuanian State will appear in circulation. The stamps with the nominal values of EUR 0.03 and EUR 0.39 will be re-released in the edition of 1m each.

On Saturday, postal correspondence paid by these stamps will be marked by the date cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The set of the stamps dedicated to the Vytis was created by the artist Irma Balakauskaitė. The set of the stamps from the series Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of the Lithuanian State feature Vytis found on various coins starting from denarii issued in the Great Duchy of Lithuania by Jogaila in the years 1388-1390, and ending with the 5 litas coin of the Republic of Lithuania issued in 1925.

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