Lithuania, 1993

Lithuania is the southernmost of the Baltic republics and has an area slightly larger than neighboring Latvia; it was the first to gain independence from the Soviet Union in 1990. The national telephone company, Lietuvos Telekomas, used Exiton ‘chip’ cards for a few months in 1993, before moving on to Urmet’s Italian magnetic technology, which was used until 1998, when chip cards were adopted.
Exiton cards were produced in Russia and consisted of a printed sheet glued on a plastic support with raised edges. Four values were produced: 1 Lt, with a circulation of 5,000, 5 Lt (3,000), 10 Lt (1,500) and 15 Lt. (700).