According to a report released by the Lithuanian Jewish Community website, the Bank of Lithuania is going to release a new coin commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilna Gaon ZT”L. the release of the new coin is set for 2020.
The website reports the coin will bear an inscription in Yiddish and Lithuanian, the phrase ‘Vil, Nor Goen,’ which is a Yiddish pun meaning: if you want, you, too can become a genius, or gaon (sounds like ‘Vilner Gaon’).
On the back of the coin, there will be a ‘shin’, which has the gematria of 300. The shin is also connected to the many portraits of the Gaon seen in his tefilin. Under the ‘shin’ is written ‘HaGra’.
The letters shin and HaGra are emphasized in gold using tampographic minting techniques. The Gaon’s full title and name, Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman, circle the edge of the reverse side in Lithuanian and Hebrew.
The coin is a €10 and is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of next year. The coin was designed by Viktorija Sideraitė-Alon, Jūratė Juozėnienė and Albinas Šimanauskas.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)