Estonia: prototype euro designs

Started by <k>, June 07, 2013, 11:41:36 PM

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Estonia_Euro_Coin.jpg

Estonia, 1 euro.


In June 2004 Estonia held a public competition.

Entrants could submit their suggestions for designs for the eventual euro coins.

The entries were narrowed down to ten sets.

In October 2004 set number 4 was chosen as the winner.

It showed simply a map of Estonia, on each coin.

The winning design is illustrated at top.

Estonia adopted the euro in 2011.


Next I will show the other 9 sets that made it into the top ten.

Bear in mind that often a design was shared by two or more coins.

Often the 1, 2, and 5 cents shared a design, as did the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins.

Sometimes the 1 and 2 euros shared a design, sometimes not.

I will therefore show all the designs here, but NOT all the coins.
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<k>

#1
Estonia set 1a.jpg



Estonia set 1b.jpg

Set 1 showed the coat of arms on all denominations.
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#2
Estonia set 2a.jpg



Estonia set 2b.jpg

Set 2 showed stylised barn swallows.

The barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) is Estonia's national bird.
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#3
Estonia set 3a.jpg



Estonia set 3b.jpg

Set 3, like set 1, also showed the coat of arms on all denominations.
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#4
Estonia set 5c.jpg



Estonia set 5b.jpg



Estonia set 5a.jpg


Set 4, as already mentioned, was the winning set.

Set 5 is my own particular favourite.

It showed various national cultural motifs.

This was the only set with a different design for each denomination.
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#5
Estonia set 6a.jpg



Estonia set 6b.jpg


Set 6 showed stylised barn swallows.

Presumably the object on the 1 and 2 euros represents the sun.
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#6
Estonia set 7a.jpg



Estonia set 7b.jpg


Set 7 showed various words.

They attractively arranged, in various sizes.

Does anybody know what these words are in English?
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#7
Estonia set 8a.jpg



Estonia set 8b.jpg


Set 8 has some interesting designs.

It features Estonian architecture and stylised swallows against a map of Estonia.

Does anybody recognise the buildings?
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#8
Estonia set 9a.jpg



Estonia set 9b.jpg

Set 9 shows four rather curious motifs.

Does anybody know what they represent?
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#9
Estonia set 10.jpg

Set 10 shows another motif, barn swallows against a building, and the Estonian coat of arms.
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chrisild

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Quote from: <k> on June 07, 2013, 11:58:11 PM
Set 6 showed stylised barn swallows. I presume that the object on the 1 and 2 euros is meant to be a representation of the sun.

That is a stylized cornflower, I think. Not sure though ...

Quote from: <k> on June 08, 2013, 12:00:15 AM
Set 7 showed various words, attractively arranged, in various sizes. Does anybody know what these words are in English?

No, but the set "shows an artistic combination of various Estonian-language words, such as mother, son, home, to be, to do, including words which contain letters with umlauts, a distinct feature of the Finno-Ugric tongue." (from an article that is apparently no longer online)

Quote from: <k> on June 08, 2013, 12:02:51 AM
Does anybody recognise the buildings?

The "copper" design shows St. Olaf in Tallinn. The design for the mid-range denominations features the Song Festival stage.

Quote from: <k> on June 08, 2013, 12:04:14 AM
Set 9 shows four rather curious motifs. Does anybody know what they represent?

The "copper" design is the Triskelion, a symbol that is well known in Sicily and the Isle of Man for example. Apparently it is or was used in Estonia too ...

The symbol that looks like the inner part of a "cloverleaf" freeway interchange :) is the St. Hans Cross, or St. John's Arms. You see that a lot in the Baltic countries; it is even used as a sign pointing at historic sites. Had Estonia picked that design, many in Finland would have said, yeah, we know that from our old coins ...

Christian

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#11
Quote from: chrisild on June 09, 2013, 11:29:38 PMThe symbol that looks like the inner part of a "cloverleaf" freeway interchange :) is the St. Hans Cross, or St. John's Arms. You see that a lot in the Baltic countries; it is even used as a sign pointing at historic sites. Had Estonia picked that design, many in Finland would have said, yeah, we know that from our old coins ...

Christian

The Finns and Estonians seem to use slightly different versions, at least on these examples.



Finland, 1 penni.




Estonia, competition design.
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chrisild

#12
Guess that various versions of that Hans/John symbol are used across (and around) Scandinavia. By the way, the original design by Lembit Lõhmus was slightly modified for the actual coins: On the cent coins you see an incused map of Estonia ...



... while the €1 and €2 coins have a "raised" map.

Also, only on the two highest denominations the island of Abruka is properly shown as an island. :)



Side note: When the Estonian coins were issued, some people in Estonia complained that part of the Seto homeland, today part of Russia, should have been on the map. On the other hand, some people in Russia complained that the map includes parts of Russia. In both cases the Estonian government replied that the map does show the current territory of the country. :)

Christian

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Fascinating. I never knew about those two different maps being on the circulation coins. Overall, I do find it a pity that only one design was used for the national side of the whole series, when there were quite a few more interesting design series in the competition. However, that is the set that the Estonians voted for.
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chrisild

Agreed re. one design only. Well, if/when Lithuania introduces the euro, you'll get to see the Vytis (White Horseman) on all denominations. :-\

The Estonian pre-euro coins all had the three lions from the CoA, and - except for the circulating commems - similarly unexciting designs on the other side. Guess the vote for the "map" design had a lot to do with keeping some "Estonian identity" in the currency union. After all, Lembit Lõhmus's proposal won more than 27 percent of the votes, and the second best (16%) was Tiit Jürna's proposal that you showed in your reply #2 ...

Christian