Estonia: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

Estonia (1991 - )
Information about what currencies were issued by Estonia, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: Soviet Ruble. Used in Estonia: (1991 - 1992)
CurrencySoviet Ruble
PeriodSoviet Ruble
Used1991 - 1992
Description

The Soviet Union broke up in December 1991, after which several independent states (former republics) each used the ruble as their primary currency. This sparked an intense debate among the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), the Russian government, the other post-Soviet governments, and the international financial institutions over the pros and cons of retaining the ruble zone. The ruble zone at first encompassed all fifteen former Soviet republics, grew progressively smaller through 1992 and 1993 as the new states introduced their own currencies, and disappeared completely in 1995 when Tajikistan adopted the Tajik ruble as its sole legal tender. The three Baltic states, having no intention of staying in the ruble zone, introduced their own currencies in mid-1992, but the other post-Soviet states initially chose to remain.

The ruble zone's existence presented a significant dilemma for the CBR, because it prevented the CBR from controlling the Russian money supply. Only the CBR could print cash rubles, because all of the printing presses were on Russian territory. However, a legacy of the Soviet-style currency system (called the dual monetary circuit) allowed any central bank in the ruble zone to freely issue ruble credits to its domestic banks. These banks then loaned the credits to domestic enterprises, which could in turn use them to purchase goods from other ruble zone states (primarily Russia). In effect, the ruble zone states self-financed their trade deficits with Russia through these credit emissions. In addition, several ruble zone states issued so-called "coupons" or parallel currencies to circulate alongside the ruble in 1992 and 1993, thereby increasing the cash money supply in the ruble zone as well.

In August 1992 it announced that Russian goods could be purchased only with CBR-issued credits, and it suspended the other banks' credit-granting privileges entirely in May 1993. During this process, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan left the ruble zone. The CBR then fatally undermined the ruble zone through a currency reform in July 1993. It began to print new Russian ruble notes (circulating at equivalency with the old Soviet ones) in early 1993, but did not send these new rubles to the other states; they received their cash shipments solely in Soviet rubles. On July 24, the CBR announced that all pre-1993 ruble notes would become invalid in Russia, forcing the other ruble zone members either to leave or to cede all monetary sovereignty to the CBR. Azerbaijan and Georgia left the ruble zone immediately, while Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan left in November 1993 after talks on creating a ruble zone of a new type broke down. Although this effectively destroyed the ruble zone, its formal end came in May 1995 when war-torn Tajikistan finally introduced its own currency.

Currency: Kroon (Second Kroon, 1992 - 2011). Used in Estonia: (1992 - 2011)
CurrencyKroon (Second Kroon, 1992 - 2011)
PeriodKroon
Used1992 - 2011
Description

The kroon (sign: kr; code: EEK) was the official currency of Estonia for two periods in history: 1928 -1940 and 1992 - 2011. The kroon was subdivided into 100 cents (senti; singular sent). The word kroon is related to that of the Nordic currencies (such as the Swedish krona and the Danish and Norwegian krone) and derived from the Latin word corona ("crown"). The kroon succeeded the mark in 1928 and was in use until the Soviet invasion in 1940 and Estonia's subsequent incorporation into the Soviet Union when it was replaced by the Soviet ruble. After Estonia regained its independence, the kroon was reintroduced in 1992.

Between 1 January and 14 January 2011, the kroon circulated together with the euro, after which the euro became the sole legal tender in Estonia. All coins and banknotes of the kroon currency were demonetised on 15 January 2011. Eesti Pank (the Bank of Estonia) has pledged to exchnage them into euro indefinitely.

Five Krooni (demonetised 2011)
2 coins (1993 - 1994)
Coin NameMintage
Five Krooni 1993 Independence 1,510,000
Five Krooni 1994 Bank of Estonia 10,180,000
One Kroon (demonetised 2011)
10 coins (1992 - 2008)
Coin NameMintage
One Kroon 1992 (mint sets only) 20,000
One Kroon 1993 10,260,000
One Kroon 1995 19,920,000
One Kroon 1998 15,000,000
One Kroon 1999 Song Festival 50,000
One Kroon 2000 15,000,000
One Kroon 2001 15,000,000
One Kroon 2003 15,000,000
One Kroon 2006 15,170,000
One Kroon 2008 90th Anniversary 20,000,000
Fifty Senti (demonetised 2011)
4 coins (1992 - 2007)
Coin NameMintage
Fifty Senti 1992 31,200,000
Fifty Senti 2004 10,000,000
Fifty Senti 2006 7,000,000
Fifty Senti 2007 17,000,000
Twenty Senti (demonetised 2011)
8 coins (1992 - 2008)
Coin NameMintage
Twenty Senti 1992 31,540,000
Twenty Senti 1996 10,740,000
Twenty Senti 1997 10,500,000
Twenty Senti 1999 20,330,000
Twenty Senti 2003 11,100,000
Twenty Senti 2004 20,000,000
Twenty Senti 2006 37,000,000
Twenty Senti 2008 12,000,000
Ten Senti (demonetised 2011)
9 coins (1991 - 2008)
Coin NameMintage
Ten Senti 1991 31,280,000
Ten Senti 1992 31,280,000
Ten Senti 1994 10,020,000
Ten Senti 1996 10,110,000
Ten Senti 1997 15,000,000
Ten Senti 1998 30,980,000
Ten Senti 2002 30,000,000
Ten Senti 2006 31,000,000
Ten Senti 2008 15,000,000
Five Senti (demonetised 2011)
3 coins (1991 - 1995)
Coin NameMintage
Five Senti 1991 38,790,000
Five Senti 1992 38,790,000
Five Senti 1995 5,000,000
Currency: Euro. Used in Estonia: (2011 - present)
CurrencyEuro
PeriodEuro
Used2011 - present
Description

The Government of Estonia finalised the design of Estonian euro coins in late 2004, and adopted the euro as the country's currency on 1 January 2011, later than planned due to continued high inflation.

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