The Supervisory Board of the Bank of Estonia have unveiled (31st March) the winning design for their new Winter Olympics coin, which is scheduled for release later this year. The winning design for the collector coin is created by Carmen Testa and is dedicated to the Estonian athletes and the country’s delegation, who will be attending and competing in the XXIII Winter Olympic Games to be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next year.
Since the restoration of independence in 1991, the Estonian Olympic Committee have participated in all the Winter Olympiads from 1992 onwards, earning a total of seven medals during this time. Their best performance as a national team was at the 2006 Games in Turin, when three gold medals were achieved in both the men’s and women’s cross-country skiing competition. Estonia’s first gold medal in cross-country skiing was won during the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.
The winning design was chosen from 20 entries and the artist will receive a prize of €2,000 for their efforts. The coin’s obverse depicts an abstract design that features an athlete taking shape from snow crystals that slowly becomes free-standing frost, like snow when it falls on a glass surface.
|€10||.925 silver||28.2 g||38.6 mm||Proof||2,000|
The coin is expected to be released in early 2018. Currently, the reverse design or national side that depicts the Estonian crest has not yet been finalised.
Please visit the e-shop of the Bank of Estonia’s website for more information on this and other coins issued by the bank. ❑