The Bank of Estonia has recently released a new collector coin dedicated to the work of Estonian composer Miina Härma. She wrote over 200 songs, most of them for choirs, making her a major contributor to the repertoire of Estonian song festivals. This year marks the 150th anniversary of her birth.
The reverse design for the coin was selected through an open competition which ran from February 2014 to March 14, 2014. There were a total of 25 entries received, from which first, second, third, fourth, and fifth place winners were selected. The first place winner received a prize of 2000 euros with their design used for the actual coin. Other winners received prizes of 700, 500, 200, and 100 euros.
The first place winning design entitled “Hoarfrost” was by Jaano Ester.
The reverse features a distinctive design representing pure tonal vibrations resonating from a tuning fork. This is intended as a symbol of the music teacher, conductor, and composer. The inscriptions include “Miina Härma 150” and the face value of “10€”.
The obverse bears the coat of arms of the Republic of Estonia with the inscriptions “EESTI VABARIIK” (Republic of Estonia) and “2014”.
Produced by the Royal Dutch Mint, each coin is struck in 92.5% silver to proof quality with a weight of 28.28 grams and diameter of 38.61 mm.
The coins are indicated as available from June 16 at the Eesti Pank Museum, the Omniva online shop, and post offices across Estonia at a price of 35 euros.