Design Selection Process

 

On the 15th December 2004, the Governor of Eesti Pank, Vahur Kraft, disclosed the winner of the competition for the design of the national side of Estonian euro coins. The winning design was by Lembit Lõhmus who received 12,482 votes from a total of 45,453 votes. The design shows a geographical map of Estonia. The following is a full breakdown of the results;
1...... Nr 4 - Hara 2 (Lembit Lõhmus)...............................12,482........ 27.46%
2...... Nr 1 - Järjepidevus (Tiit Jürna)............................... 7,477......... 16.45%
3...... Nr 10 - In Corpore (Jaan Meristo)........................... 7,284......... 16.03%
4...... Nr 8 - Tomson 5791 (Taavi Torim)......................... 6,219......... 13.68%
5...... Nr 7 - Eesti keel (Jaak Peep, Villem Valme - TANK)... 5,997......... 13.19%
6...... Nr 5 - 261948 (Villu Järmut, Mai Järmut)................. 3,036......... 6.68%
7...... Nr 2 - Linnutee (Tiit Jürna)..................................... 1,323......... 2.91%
8...... Nr 3 - Leopardid-2 (Jaano Ester)............................. 759............ 1.67%
9...... Nr 9 - Nova (Rene Haljasmäe)................................ 498............ 1.10%
10.....Nr 6 - Lill rukkis (Margus Kadarik)........................... 378............. 0.83%

 

The competition was announced in June, and by the deadline, 19 October, 134 designs were submitted. At the beginning of November a panel selected the ten best designs that proceeded to the national telephone vote that lasted for one week.

 

 

Estonia Euro Changeover

 

Estonia was the first to unveil its design from the 10 new countries that joined the European Union in 2004. It originally planned to adopt the euro on 1 January 2007; however, it did not formally apply when Slovenia did, and officially changed its target date to 1 January 2008, and later, to 1 January 2011. On 12 May 2010 the European Commission announced that Estonia had met all criteria to join the eurozone. On 8 June 2010, the EU finance ministers agreed that Estonia would be able to join the euro on 1 January 2011. On 13 July 2010, Estonia received the final approval from the ECOFIN to adopt the euro as from 1 January 2011. On the same date the exchange rate at which the kroon would be exchanged for the euro (€1 = 15.6466 krooni) was also announced. On 20 July 2010, mass production of Estonian euro coins began in the mint of Finland and as planned on 1 January 2011 Estonia adopted the euro.

 

 

Estonia Euro Coins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The design for the national side of Estonia’s coins is the same for all denominations. It features a geographical image of Estonia and the word “Eesti”, which means “Estonia”.

 

 

Sources

(C) European Central Bank

(C) Wikipedia

(C) The Euro Coin Page

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