On Friday Eesti Pank presents collector coins dedicated to the Song and Dance Festivals

On Friday, 12 June, Eesti Pank presents two collector coins dedicated to the tradition of Song and Dance Festivals: a gold collector coin with the nominal value 100 kroons and a silver collector coin with the nominal value 10 kroons.

The gold coin depicts the Song Stage built in 1960, since its arch has become a symbol of the song festivals. In addition, the reverse of the coin carries its nominal value 100 KROONI. The obverse features the grand national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia, the text EESTI VABARIIK and the year 2009. The gold collector coin was designed by Merle Kasonen and Triinu Silla. The coin is of pure gold (Au 999/1000) and of Proof Like finish quality. It weighs 7.78 grams and is 22 mm in diameter. The mintage of the coins is 5,000 and one coin costs 3,500 kroons.

The obverse of the silver collector coin depicts a circle of dancing men. They can also be looked at as the wheel of time symbolising the long tradition of song and dance festivals. In addition, the reverse of the coin carries its nominal value 10 KROONI. The obverse features the grand national coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia, the text EESTI VABARIIK and the year 2009. The silver collector coin was designed by Tiiu Pirsko and Mati Veermets. The coin is of pure silver (Ag 999) and of Proof finish quality. It weighs 31.1 grams and is 40.6 mm in diameter. The mintage of the coins is 10,000 and one coin costs 350 kroons.

It is possible to buy the collector coins in a set costing 4,000 kroons. The coins were minted by the Royal Dutch Mint (Koninklijke Nederlandse Munt).

The collector coins will be launched for sale on 12 June at 12 o'clock by the Museum of Eesti Pank, as well as by SEB offices across Estonia. Thus, the coins will be sold in Tallinn (Tornimäe, Järve, Magistrali, Rocca al Mare, Mustakivi, Pae, Nõmme and Roosikrantsi offices) and in the SEB head offices in Maardu, Rapla, Pärnu, Haapsalu, Kuressaare, Rakvere, Jõhvi, Narva, Paide, Türi, Viljandi, Põltsamaa, Jõgeva, Põlva, Võru, Valga and Tartu. It is possible to order the coins from your local SEB office. Only silver coins will be sold by Tartu Song Festival Museum (Jaama 14).

The collector coins are also available for purchase by mail. Please send your request to the Cash Department of Eesti Pank (the address is Estonia pst 13, Tallinn 15095), or by the e-mail tellimine [at] epbe.ee.">tellimine [at] epbe.ee. The collector coins cannot be reserved in advance.

Print quality collector coin photos can be found at http://www.eestipank.info/pub/en/press/Press/pressiteated/pt2009/_06/pt0608.html