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2 Euro Paul Keres

2 Euro (Paul Keres) -  obverse 2 Euro (Paul Keres) -  reverse

Obverse © iwantallcoins - Reverse © Iwantallcoins

Features

Country Estonia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2016
Value 2 Euro
EUR = 2.48 USD
Metal Bi-Metallic Nickel-brass clad Nickel center in Copper-nickel ring
Weight 8.5 g
Diameter 25.75 mm
Thickness 2.25 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of the Birth of Paul Keres

Obverse

Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s.

Keres narrowly missed a chance at a world championship match on five occasions. He won the 1938 AVRO tournament, which led to negotiations for a title match against champion Alexander Alekhine, but the match never took place due to World War II. After the war Keres was runner-up in the Candidates' Tournament on four consecutive occasions.

Due to these and other strong results, many chess historians consider Keres the strongest player never to become world champion and one of the greatest players in history. He was nicknamed "Paul the Second", "The Eternal Second" and "The Crown Prince of Chess".

Lettering:
PAUL KERES
EESTI
2016

Translation: Estonia

Engraver: Riho Luuse

Reverse

The facial value, next to a map showing the European continent without borders.

Lettering:
2 EURO
LL

Engraver: Luc Luycx

Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins. Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.

Edge

"O" and "E E S T I" repeated alternately upright and inverted

Lettering: EESTI O EESTI O

Translation: Estonia Estonia

2 Euro (Paul Keres)

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