The Bank of Estonia has announced three new coins that will be issued from the end of this year into 2016.
The first coin will be a €2 piece marking Estonia’s commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the flag of the European Union, a euro-zone-wide coin program. The design is the work of Greek State Mint artist George Stamatopoulos. His outstanding depiction of people rallying around the flag of the EU with its circle of twelve stars is expected to be issued by all current 19 euro zone members by the end of 2015.
A second coin will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Jaan Poska (1865 – 1920). Poska is remembered as the man chiefly responsible for peace talks with Soviet Russia that resulted in the Treaty of Tartu, which was signed on February 2, 1920, and recognized Estonian independence.
The silver coin will have a face value of €10 and is designed by artist Mall Nukke. The design features a stylized portrait of Jaan Poska and includes the geo-political borders of the Estonian state at the time Poska led his delegation. The coin is partly colored in blue, black, and white—the Estonian national colors seen on the flag. The Bank of Estonia will issue the coin at the end of January in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the birth of the statesman.
A third coin will be dedicated to the centenary anniversary of the birth of Paul Keres (1916 – 1975), Estonian chess Grandmaster and renowned chess writer. Keres was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Riho Luuse, who created the winning design, has previously designed postage stamps. As the coin is intended to circulate throughout the euro area, the design will now be passed on for official approval to the European Commission before it is issued in Estonia at the start of 2016.
The proposed design includes a portrait of Paul Keres in profile, along with his name and a selection of chess pieces. There will be 500,000 of the coins issued. Keres was last honored in Estonia in 1992; his image was placed on the five Krooni banknote when the country’s currency was re-introduced after it regained independence in 1991. The note was withdrawn from circulation in 2011, when Estonia adopted the euro as its sole currency.
For more information on previous coins issued by the Bank of Estonia, please visit their Web site. Information is offered in English and Estonian.