Eesti Pank is calling for designs for a silver coin dedicated to Lilli Suburg



Eesti Pank is calling for designs for a silver coin dedicated to Lilli Suburg, the ground-breaking pioneer of the Estonian women’s movement. Designs can be submitted for the competition until 12.00 noon on 22 March. The coin will be issued into circulation in the second half of 2025.

The silver coin for Lilli Suburg will be the first in a series of collector coins dedicated to Outstanding Estonian Women. The idea behind the series is to highlight better those women who have had a major influence on the development of Estonian society.

Lilli Suburg was the first to speak and act publicly in favour of rights for women, and her ideas and efforts were quite revolutionary in her time. Suburg founded and was editor-in-chief of Linda, the first journal in Estonia aimed at women. The journal discussed the unequal position of women in society and looked for ways to improve it, encouraging women to seek an education and attempting to broaden their horizons, while giving them inspiration and an example to follow. Suburg founded the first private school for girls and used innovative teaching methods to awaken the interest and curiosity of her pupils.

The prize for the winner of the design competition is 3000 euros, with the second placed design receiving 2000 euros, and the third placed 1000.

Individuals and groups of designers are welcome to participate in the design competition,

Designs should be submitted to the competition in black and white; the requirements are described in more detail in the conditions for the competition.

Each entrant in the competition can submit multiple designs, but variations on a single design are not considered separate designs. Each design must be submitted on a separate page and given a one-word title. Each design should be given a different title and should be submitted together with the details of the designer in a sealed envelope.

Designs that do not conform to the technical or other terms and conditions of the design competition will be neither considered nor assessed.

Designs should be sent to Eesti Pank by 12.00 noon on 22 March 2024 at the latest. The results of the competition will be announced in September 2024 at the latest.

Suggestions for minting collector and commemorative coins* are welcome from everyone, and can be sent through the Eesti Pank website, by email or by post. All the suggestions are considered by an advisory committee invited by Eesti Pank, and their expert opinions and recommendations are used as the basis for the Executive Board of Eesti Pank to decide which coins to mint.

* Eesti Pank commemorates historical events on the coins, and also themes that are alive and relevant for us today. A two-euro coin with a special design dedicated to the Estonian national bird, the barn swallow, was issued into circulation in 2023 for example. Coins with these special designs are called commemorative coins. Commemorative coins give tribute and remember events, people and themes that are important for Estonia and all of Europe.

For further information:
Piret Luhakooder
Cash and Infrastructure Department
668 0791
Email: [email protected]

Gerli Rauk
Communications officer
668 0842
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