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Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Eesti Pank to release four commemorative coins to mark the centenary of the Republic of Estonia
On the 21st February 2018 Eesti Pank will issue four coins in honour of the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. The collector series will include a gold and silver coin plus two 2 Euro coins which will go into regular circulation.
The gold coin has a nominal value of 100 Euros and features the Estonian national flower, the cornflower. The symbols on the coin represent perfect happiness, development and balance. The coin was designed by Tiiu Pirsko and Mati Veermets, and 3000 of the coins will be minted.
The silver coin has a design featuring the outline of Estonia in blue, black and white on a globe. In the sky above is a line of poetry by Kristjan Jaak Peterson “Is not the language of this land singing in the wind, or rising to heaven, looking for eternity?” The coin was designed by Margus Kadarik and Toomas Niklus, and 7000 of the coins will be minted with a nominal value of 10 Euros.
Circulating Two Euro Coins
The two-Euro coin with the special design dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia features the official national logo for the jubilee, which can be read as the numbers 18 and 100, linking the year the state was founded with today. The coin was designed by the concept and design agency Identity OÜ. The coin is intended to symbolise the people of Estonia, and so 1,317,800 coins will be minted to match the population of Estonia on 1 January 2017 according to data from Statistics Estonia.
The two-euro coin with the special design for the centenary of the Baltic states will enter circulation on 31 January 2018. The design of the coin shows the common past, present and future of the Baltic states as a single plaited braid. The coin was designed by the Lithuanian designer Justas Petrulis, who designed a coin for the first time. The design for the coin was chosen through a public vote. The same design of the coin will be issued into circulation in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Eesti Pank will issue 500,000, the Latvian central bank 512,000 and the Lithuanian central bank one million coins.