Sunday, 16 July 2017
Lydia Koidula & the 100 kroon Estonian banknote
A banknote collector recently contacted me with an interesting question. He asked if I had an English translation for the text written on the back of the old 100 kroon Estonian banknote. I must admit I didn't know the answer off the top of my head, but I soon found out!
The extract is taken from the poem 'Unenägu' (Dream) written by Estonian poet Lydia Koidula.
United stand the ends of the bridge (Silla otsad ühendatud)
Bearing a single fatherland (Kandes ühte isamaad)
The truth´s temple hallowed … (Tõe templiks pühendatud …)
Dream – when shalt thou become true?! (Nägu – millal tõeks saad?!)
'Unenägu' (Dream) was written by Lydia Koidula in 1881.
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