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Estonia Location


During all its history Estonia has been located on the crossroads of the international trade and hence of monetary contacts. Starting with the Viking Age a hugh part of Eurasia including Estonia used Cufic dirhams as common currency replaced by Western deniers at the end of the 10th c.. Later, from the Hanseatic period to the 19th c. international ducats, florins and talers circulated in trade. The national currency of Estonian Republic kroon was bound to the English pound in 1920-30s and to the euro during the last decade. Next year Estonia will become a member of the European Monetary Union.

Estonian History Museum, Tallinn.

Estonian History Museum logo The leading history museum (est 1864) in Estonia possesses a large collection of numismatic objects, mainly used and produced in Estonia.
Viking-Age coin hoards of the all-European importance as well as a comprehensive collection of banknotes which contain rarities not only from Estonia but also from other countries are being kept here.
A new permanent coin exhibition is being prepared at the moment and will be opened next spring. › Website

Dr Ivar Leimus Dr Ivar LeimusResearcher (b. 1953), keeper of coins has studied the monetary history of Estonia and neighbouring countries from the Viking Age till the 20th c.
Beside the pure-numismatic problems he has been paid special attention to the circulation of international currencies in Viking-Age North-Europe, to the process of inflation and its results for the development of the medieval and premodern economy in Estonia, to the tokens and other items of limited monetary functions. The EMU-COST project allow to study all of this on much more international level. › Personal Page

Watch this short presentation by Ivar Leimus ›

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