The exhibition opening at Eesti Pank contains a silver coin weighing one kilogram

The exhibition opening at 12.00 on Friday 1 November in the Eesti Pank museum at Estonia pst 11 under the title of Thematic Collections displays the coin collections of collector Kaimar Ilves. The heaviest exhibit is a one-kilogram silver medal from Finland.

The final exhibition in the series on the treasures of Estonian coin collectors dedicated to the centenary of Eesti Pank shows a selection of coins from the thematic collections of Kaimar Ilves grouped as Lynxes on precious metal coins, Estonia in foreign currency, 18th century payment tokens in Estonia, and Coins in jewellery.

Kaimar Ilves was inspired by his surname, which is Estonian for lynx, to collect coins featuring lynxes, and the collection has coins that are mostly made of precious metals and come from fifteen countries, including Cuba, the Cook Islands, and Oman. The heaviest exhibit is a one-kilogram silver medal dedicated to biodiversity from Finland.

The exhibition also contains a selection of coins relating to Estonia that have been issued in other countries. These include an Irish silver collector coin from 2004 issued to mark the accession of ten new member states to the European Union, and a silver collector coin from the Republic of the Congo that was issued for the accession of the Baltic states to the euro area.

Mr Ilves considers that his main collection is his set of some 1500 Tsarist Russian coins. Eight of these are on display in the exhibition at Eesti Pank, showing the heads of all the Tsars and Tsarinas who ruled Russia in the 18th century. Following on from the summer exhibition of coins in jewellery, the November exhibition displays Tsarist Russian silver coins that were used as jewellery, showing coins with a loop for hanging and a bracelet made of kopeck coins, and earrings made of Estonian kroons.

The exhibition is part of the series on the treasures of Estonian money collectors, dedicated to the centenary of Eesti Pank, and will run until 30 November 2019. It is the last exhibition in the series.

For further information:
Hanna Jürgenson
Eesti Pank
Tel: 668 0959, 5692 0930
Email: hanna.jyrgenson [at] eestipank.ee
Press enquiries: press [at] eestipank.ee