2 euros 2016 Estonia – 100 Years since the Birth of Paul Keres
UNC 2 euros coin.
Coins: Diameter – 25.75mm Thickness – 2.2mm Weight – 8.5gr 75% copper – 25% nickel clad on nickel core
Mintage: 500,000 pieces
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.
The coin features a portrait of the Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres with some chess pieces. In the upper left, in semicircle, is the inscription ‘Paul Keres. ” On the left side the name of the issuing country is, ‘Eesti’ and, underneath, the year of issue, ‘2016’.