The Bank of Estonia have announced (20th June) that they will make available their much-anticipated €2 commemorative coins celebrating the events preceding Estonia’s centenary of independence on 26th June, with the coin entering circulation thereafter.
The design for this new commemorative coin is dedicated to the events that preceded Estonia’s declaration of independence. On the 26th June 1917, a regulation on the election of a provincial council was published in the Tallinna Teataja newspaper, setting out the procedures, main dates, and other details for the election of the Estonian Provincial Assembly, or the Maapäev. The meeting occurred in the White Hall of Toompea Castle of the Noorte Maapäev Youth Assembly. The original elections to the Maapäev provincial assembly and the decisions taken by the Maapäev laid the foundations for Estonians to declare themselves an independent republic on the 24th February 1918.
Exactly 100 years to the day since then, school students who represent the Noorte Maapäeva Youth Assembly of 2017 will all come together as part of the celebration of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.
The new coin is produced by the Mint of Lithuania on behalf of the Bank of Estonia. The reverse was designed by Jaan Meristo, whose design was chosen from among 32 considered in a competition organised by the Bank of Estonia. The national side of the commemorative depicts oak leaves, bare oak branches, and the sinuous trunk of an oak on the central disc. The winding oak symbolises Estonia’s road to independence, the bare branches relate to the year 1917, and the leaves symbolise strength, achievement, and longevity. The oak leaves also feature on the official coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia. To the left of the trunk is the year 1917; to the right, in two lines, EESTI (Estonia) 2017. Reading counterclockwise at the lower left of the field is the word MAAPAEV. On the outer ring are 12 five-pointed stars.
|€2||Bi-metallic||8.5 g||27.5 mm||Select Unc.||10,000*|
|€2||Bi-metallic||8.5 g||27.5 mm||Uncirculated||1.5 million|
|* Included in the 1.5 million total mintage.|
In total, 1.5 million of the coins will be minted. Of these, 10,000 will be packaged as souvenirs within a coin card:
The Bank of Estonia will release the coins to banks from the 26th June. Afterward, the coins will begin to enter general circulation through retailers, commercial banks, and post offices. The coins and coin cards will also be on sale from the Bank of Estonia’s online webshop from the 26th June, and from the 27th June the commemorative coins and coin cards will be available from the Bank of Estonia’s museum shop. The coin card will also be on sale from the 27th June in the post offices of Eesti Post that sell collector coins and other collector items. Please visit the website of the Bank of Estonia for more information on this and other coins on offer. ❑