Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics, Coin from Estonia - detailed information

Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics, Coin from Estonia (demonetised 2011)
CoinTen Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics

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 10 krooni denomination was served by a banknote for circulation. Ten krooni coins were only issued as non-circulating commemoratives only (also known as Non-Circulating Legal Tender - NCLT); they were made of silver.

The coins were legal tender until 15 January 2011 when they were demonetised and replaced with the Euro, when Estonia joined the Euro currency.

This coin was issued in celebration of the XXIX Beijing Summer Olympic Games of 2008.

It was struck in fine silver (99.9%) in Proof FDC grade only.

No coins of this type were issued into circulation.

MintMint of Finland Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage10,000
Estonia / Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics - obverse photo

The obverse design by Arseni Mölder depicts an ornate Coat of Arms of Estonia, consisting of three lions passant gardant (walking to left, facing the observer) on a shield, the shield on a wreath of oak leaves. The date 2008 is below the wreath.

Around above, EESTI VABARIIK (Republic of Estonia).

Obverse Inscription EESTI VABARIIK 2008
Estonia / Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics - reverse photo

The reverse shows criss-crossing beams representing a fragment of the construction of the Beijing Olympic Stadium; overlaid on that, the logo of the Estonian Olympic Committee consisting of an Olympic flame over the interlocking Olympic rings - which are coloured on the coin, over the word ESTONIA.

Below, the value and denomination 10 KROONI.

Reverse Inscription 10 KROONI
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

"This silver coin is the fifth coin dedicated to the Olympic Games, so it continues Eesti Pank's tradition to issue collector coins in honour of Olympic Games and emphasises the importance and permanence of Olympic ideals. By issuing the coin dedicated to the Beijing Olympic Games, we wish to show respect for the Estonian athletes' efforts in the global festival of sports," said Governor of Eesti Pank Andres Lipstok.

Note that Eesti Pank phrases the mintage figure as "maximum mintage", implying that not all coins of the 10,000 limit were actually struck.

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Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics: Details
CurrencyKroon (Second Kroon, 1992 - 2011)
Coin TypeTen Krooni
SymbolCoat of Arms of Estonia
Face Value10 (x Kroon)
Total Mintage10,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 2011
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerTiiu Kirsipuu
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.610 mm
Mass28.280 g
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Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics: Photos
10 krooni (XXIX Olympiad)
Copyright: Eesti Pank
10 krooni (XXIX Olympiad)
Copyright: Eesti Pank
Ten Krooni 2008 Beijing Olympics: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsEstonia KM# 48