Another Olympic coin has debuted and from one of the least prolific issuers of precious metal commemorative coins, Estonia. Usually only issuing at most a couple of coins every year, this is their second of 2016. The bank, Eeesti Pank, usually issues a coin for the summer and winter olympics, having done so in 2012 for London, and 2014 for Sochi. Prior to signing up for the Euro, they had issued similar coins at irregular intervals going back to the Barcelona games in 1992.
This one is struck in a staple format for Estonia, a standard ounce of sterling silver. Devoid of embellishments, the cleanly struck design depicts a heavily stylised runner about to launch from the starting blocks. Only the Estonian Olympic logo and the denomination sit alongside the main design, to leave a good looking coin that really depicts a powerful image of what the Olympics are really about, rather than the doped athletes and dopey events that seem to plague the event of late.
The obverse has a fine looking emblem of this Baltic state taking up most of the real estate on this face, with just the words ‘EESTI VABARIIK’ and the date of issue inscribed in an arc to the left of it. In all, we like this coin. It does away with pointless imagery (mascots anyone?) and sticks with the core message of the Olympic Games, and thats no bad thing. Available now for €40.00.