|Coin||Ten 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.
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).
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.
"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.
Eesti Pank issues a collector coin dedicated to the Olympic Games | Eesti Pank
Estonian collector coins | Eesti Pank