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156-Lithuania samples

Now we come to the former Soviet Union (FSU) countries. When the various countries gained independence at the collapse of the Soviet Union, all re-plated with their own distinct styles between 1992 and 1996. Nearly all these countries suffered from an excess of mint unused plates going straight from the factory in Germany to collectors in Germany. These were then sold on as the genuine article. Just about all the mint first series after independence plates in collections are samples and they have never been to the country they represent.
There is no such thing as a correct design mint plate that has come from the actual country it is made for as the FSU countries are very strict about not letting any plates out of their hands.
Moral: Mint German made FSU plates are always samples and often of the wrong design.

Lithuania.
There are few Lithuanian samples and I think it is because Toennjes has the contract for Lithuanian plates and machines.
The plates fall into two categories:
1. Mint plates that are otherwise correct.
2. Test plates with incorrect letter series.
Most of the plates in this picture are of the first category and, if they were made in Lithuania, I do not understand how they escaped from there without being used and none of them appear to have the correct technical inspection and security hologram stickers on them. If anyone has any of these mint plates, let me know and we may be able to figure out if they did indeed come from the Lithuanian registration authorities or direct from Germany.
The left hand column has plates with letter combinations that were never issued and a transit (temporary) plate of a type that was never issued. The remaining plates have possible letter combinations but are all mint, most have no technical inspection or security holograms, one has the wrong stickers, one has the wrong style of debossed sticker box and many have been sold on Ebay by the usual suspects who specialize in passing off German factory samples and test plates as the real thing.

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