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  • 5 Krooni 1993, KM# 29, Estonia, 75th Anniversary of Independence
  • 5 Krooni 1993, KM# 29, Estonia, 75th Anniversary of Independence

In November 1917, upon the disintegration of the Russian Empire, a diet of the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia, the Estonian Provincial Assembly, which had been elected in the spring of that year, proclaimed itself the highest authority in Estonia. A few months later the Salvation Committee of the Estonian National Council Maapäev issued the Estonian Declaration of Independence in Tallinn on 24 February 1918 and formed the Estonian Provisional Government. This first period of independence was extremely short-lived, as the German troops entered Tallinn the following day.

The country was occupied by German troops, and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, whereby the Russian government waived all claims to Estonia. The Germans stayed until November 1918 when, with the end of the war in the west, the soldiers returned to Germany, leaving a vacuum which allowed the Bolshevik troops to move into Estonia. This caused the Estonian War of Independence, which lasted 14 months.


Three lions within shield (small national coat of arms) divide date.

Mint mark M (is any) stands for Rein Mikli, head of RE Juveel, Tallinn, Estonia. Mark is located between head and paw of the lowest lion.

After the proclamation of independence on the 24th of February 1918, the three lions of the coat of arms of the Government of Estonia were placed on the newly minted coins of the Republic. The lions are passant guardant again like in the coat of arms of Duke Otto (the second son of Christoffer II, Prince of Denmark, Duke of Estonia and Laaland), but not crowned.

In fact it is this coat of arms that came to be the coat of arms of Estonia because it appears on the seal of the city of Reval (Tallinn) used from 1340 until 1390. On this seal the coat of arms is supported by duke Otto himself.

One of the lions symbolizes the courage of the fight for freedom in ancient times. The second stands for the courage in the uprisings in Harjumaa in 1343. The third represents the courage of the Estonian fight for freedom between 1918-1920.

Engravers: Arseni Mölder, Ants Raud

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Depicts a sculpture “Roe Deer” by J. Koort surrounded by the inscription "Republic of Estonia 75" and value.

Enravers: Ants Raud, Ene Valter



5 Krooni

75th Anniversary of Independence

KM# 29 Schön# 30
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Nordic Gold
Weight 7.1 g
Diameter 26.2 mm
Thickness 2.06 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Alt # Schön# 30.1, Schön# 30.2
RE Juveel, Tallinn, Estonia

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