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2014.12.02 10:35

One month left to Euro changeover

Algirdas Acus2014.12.02 10:35

Lithuania counts the last month of its national currency Litas which is to be replaced by Euro on 1st January 2015. Banks have started selling the Lithuanian Euro coin starter kits, while volunteers unveiled what they call the world’s largest coin pyramid made of the Lithuanian cents.

Lithuania counts the last month of its national currency Litas which is to be replaced by Euro on 1st January 2015. Banks have started selling the Lithuanian Euro coin starter kits, while volunteers unveiled what they call the world’s largest coin pyramid made of the Lithuanian cents.

It took volunteers nearly three weeks to arrange a million of Lithuanian 1 cent coins ( worth 10 000 Litas (2,900 Euros) into over one meter height pyramid that weighs 831 kilograms.
All the coins will eventually be donated to children's charity.
Meanwhile, banks in Lithuania have already started to sell the kits of Euro coins to the general public. Each kit contains a mix of 23 Lithuanian Euro coins worth 11.59 euros or 40 Litas.
Lithuania will become the 19th member of the Eurozone on January 1, 2015. However, the population is divided over the currency switch, with 47 percent supporting it and 49 percent against, mainly due to fears of price hikes, according to a Eurobarometer survey in September.
The Lithuanian Euro coins will feature the national coat of arms, an armour-clad knight on horseback holding a sword and shield, identified as the country's currency since the 14th century.

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Vs of constructing the coin pyramid

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

 VYTAUTAS JAKŠTAS, coin pyramid volunteer:
We started gathering coins 5 years ago At first friends and relatives helped, then we started to advertise and various communities contributed.

More of the pyramid

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

DOMAS JOKUBAUSKIS, coin pyramid volunteer:
We’ll try to register a world record and therefore  fulfil all the requirements needed for it.

People queueing up to buy Euro coin kits

Soundbite (Lithuanian)

I want to show this kit to my parents, who are pensioners and most time stay at home. Children also cannot wait until they see the new currency. They are curious of what it looks like.

Soundbite (Lithuanian):

I work at the European Commission Information Centre. We want to show what do these euros look like, especially the Lithuanian euros. (Reporter asks if he bought a kit for himself) No, I don’t need it as from 1st January I will get my salary in euros.

More of people buying Euro coins