One Kroon 1999 Song Festival, Coin from Estonia - detailed information

One Kroon 1999 Song Festival, Coin from Estonia (demonetised 2011)
CoinOne Kroon 1999 Song Festival

The second Estonian kroon currency was introduced in 1992, after Estonia gained independence from the USSR. The kroon was subdivided into 100 cents (senti; singular sent). The one kroon coin was a popular circulating denomination; there was also a banknote with the same value, but the banknote was only issued in 1992 and was rarely used, as opposed to the coin.

This circulating commemorative 1 kroon coin marks the 130th Anniversary of the Estonian Song Festival.

The Estonian Song Festival (in Estonian: laulupidu) is one of the largest amateur choral events in the world, a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. It is held every five years in July on the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds (Lauluväljak) simultaneously with the Estonian Dance Festival. The first of these festivals was held in Tartu in 1869.

Coins issued in 1999 circulated for 12 years until 15 January 2011 when they were demonetised and replaced with the Euro, when Estonia joined the Euro currency.

MintLithuanian Mint Mint MarkNone Total Mintage50,000, Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
Estonia / One Kroon 1999 Song Festival - obverse photo

The obverse shows the national bird of Estonia - a swallow - in flight; around above, EESTI VABARIIK (Republic of Estonia); below, the date 1999.

Obverse Inscription EESTI VABARIIK 1999
Reverse
Estonia / One Kroon 1999 Song Festival - reverse photo

The reverse shows an impression of the Estonian Song Festival stage in Tallin.

Below, the value and denomination 1 KROON.

Reverse Inscription 1 KROON
EdgeMilled interrupted, in three sectionsEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage was supposed to be 100,000 - which figure is printed on the presentation cards with which some coins were sold; however, this was later revised down to 50,000. Eesti Pank (the Estonian National Bank, which is the official issuer) in fact terms this a "mintage limit", which means that even less coins may have been actually struck.

See:
1 kroon (Song Festival) | Eesti Pank Museum

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One Kroon 1999 Song Festival: Details
CountryEstonia
CurrencyKroon (Second Kroon, 1992 - 2011)
Coin TypeOne Kroon, Nordic Gold
Issued1999
SymbolCoat of Arms of Estonia
Face Value1 (x Kroon)
Total Mintage50,000, Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentNo; demonetised 2011
MaterialNordic Gold
DesignerMati Karmin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.350 mm
Thickness1.700 mm
Mass5.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-OLDC-LXKX-OMPX
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One Kroon 1999 Song Festival: Catalogue Reference IDs
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Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsEstonia KM# 36