The Bank of Estonia has issued three coins in tribute to, and to say farewell to the national currency, the Kroon, in use from 1992. Estonia becomes the 17th country to join the EURO-zone on the 1st January and as such, becomes the first Baltic country to do so.
The three coins, two silver and one gold, are dedicated to the subjects of the Estonian people (100 Krooni gold coin) Estonian nature, (50 Krooni silver coin) and Estonian history (25 Krooni silver coin). Each of the coins was issued on 3rd December.
Estonian People 100 Krooni Gold Coin
The obverse of the gold coin depicts a stylized image of the human DNA strand, symbolizing human genetics along with the denomination of 100 Krooni. The reverse of the coin carries the national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia and the year 2010. The alloy symbol Au 999.9 has been engraved on the coin’s edge and is the work of designer Hannes Starkopf.
The coin is struck .999 gold and to Proof quality. It weighs 7.78 grams with a diameter of 22 mm. The mintage of this coin is limited to 7,500.
Estonian Nature 50 Krooni Silver Coin
The obverse of the coin sees a simple and minimalist approach with only the coin’s incused denomination of 50 Krooni positioned along the lower half of the edge. Unique to the design however, is the Limestone core positioned just above the coins value. Limestone was declared Estonia’s national stone in 1992.
The reverse of the coin also has an incused application and depicts the national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia and the year 2010. The alloy symbol Ag 999.9 has been engraved on the coin edge. The coin is the work of designer Leonhard Lapin.
The coin is struck in .999 silver and to Proof quality. It weighs 24.5 grams with a diameter of 38.61 mm. The mintage for this issue is 20,000 pieces.
Estonian History 25 Krooni Silver Coin
Dedicated to the history of Estonia, this coin has been designed as an ethnographic spoke. Unique to this coin, is the cut-out planchet on which the coin is struck on, giving it a greater look to that of a spoke, or wheel, which the design has integrated.
The obverse presents a fern blossom and the denomination of 25 Krooni. On the reverse of the coin is the national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia and underneath, the year of 2010. Around it, clockwise fly the “soul birds” of the ancestors of Estonia (representing Heaven) and, counter-clockwise are the daughters of the Mother of the Sward (representing Earth) strolling in unison.
The coin was designed by jeweler Kärt Summatavet and is struck in .999 silver to Proof quality. It weighs 24.1 grams and has a diameter of 38.61 mm. The mintage of this extraordinary coin is limited to 15,000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins available from the Bank of Estonia, please visit their website at: http://www.bankofestonia.info/pub/en/yldine/pangatahed/mynt/
(Coin images are kindly provided by the Bank of Estonia for the purpose of reproduction in this article.)