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Paul Keres Euro Coin
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Paul Keres Euro Coin

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ESTONIA - 2€ commemorative euro coin

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.  When the Iron Curtain came down in 1992 Estonia immediately printed currency and honored Keres by putting him on their 5 Krooni note.  In 2016 The European Union allowed Estonia to Design the 2 Euro coin and they again honored their hero by putting him on the obverse.  These are the only two instances  where a chess player appears on world money.


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"
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Thickness:: 2,20mm
Year: 2016 Denomination: 2€
Composition: Outer part: copper-nickel; inner part: three layer Designer: Riho Luuse
Colour: Outer part: silver; inner part: gold Mintage: 55623922
Edge: Edge lettering, fine milled Date of issue: 7.01.2016
Shape: Round Minted by: UAB Lietuvos monetu kalykla (Lithuania)
Weight: 8,50g Country: Estonia
Diameter: 25,75mm


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