Life Saving Cross


SKU: 02.LTU.0101.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$550 USD

  • Life Saving Cross Obverse
  • Life Saving Cross (with star clasp) Obverse
  • Life Saving Cross Reverse

Estimated market value:

$550 USD


  • Country
  • Makers
    Arthus-Bertrand, Paris
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt/Enamelled
  • Inscription
  • Size
  • Image Licensing
    The Cross images are attributed to the Republic of Lithuania and are used in the public domain according to the Republic of Lithuania Law on Copyright and Related Rights that was passed on May 18, 1999, and amended in 2010. They were sourced from the Lithuanian version of the website of the President of the Republic of Lithuania. See the following page for more information:


The Life Saving Cross was instituted in 1930. It was suppressed during the Soviet occupation, but it was re-instated following the collapse of the Soviet regime and the declaration of the Republic of Lithuania.

It is awarded to Lithuanian citizens in recognition of life-saving rescues, including rescues from drowning, fire, or natural disasters. It may also be awarded to foreigners for saving the lives of Lithuanians abroad or in Lithuania. Since its reinstatement in 1991, it has been awarded primarily to Lithuanians who helped Jews to safety during the Second World War. A gold star clasp is awarded for each additional citation.

A total of 44 Crosses were awarded prior to the Soviet occupation. Since its reinstatement, 345 Crosses have been awarded, with approximately 250 of these having been awarded in recognition of rescues performed during the Second World War.

The Cross features a reverse inscription that translates to "Life Saving."

Although the design has not changed since its inception, manufacturers differ between periods. The Cross is also listed in the Medals & Decorations of the Republic of Lithuania (1991-).


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