The Estonian Central Bank, Eesti Pank, has decided to commission 600,000 euro coin starter kits to familiarise the people of Estonia with the new currency prior to the changeover to the euro. The kit consists of 42 coins amounting to 12.79 euro. The starter kits will be sold for 200 kroons per kit.
The starter kits contain all the denominations of the Estonian euro coins to be launched. Thus, each kit includes seven 1 cent coins, six 2, 5, 10 and 20 cent coins, five 50 cent coins, four € 1 coins and two € 2 coins.
The sale of the starter kits starts on 1 December. Since every household should get a kit, one person can buy up to five kits at a time. The euro coin starter kits will be sold at bank offices. If possible, the network of the sales channels will be expanded and notice thereof will be given before December.
The coins in starter kits will become valid as from 1 January 2011, when euro becomes legal tender in Estonia. Prior to that date, the Estonian euro coins are not valid as a means of payment in any country.
The coins will be produced by the Mint of Finland. The production of the starter kith is co-funded by the European Commission.
Estonia's new euro coins are displayed at the Eesti Pank Museum (Estonia pst 13, Tallinn). The museum is open from 12-17 from Wednesday to Friday and from 11-16 on Saturdays. Entrance to the museum is free of charge.
Eesti Pank is commissioning euro coin starter kits to familiarise people with the new currency (27)