The Estonian 5 Krooni bill (5 EEK) is a denomination of the Estonian currency. Paul Keres (1916–1975), who was a world famous Estonian chess player, international Grandmaster, prominent chess theorist, is featured with an engraved portrait on the front side of the bill.
On the reverse side of the bill features Hermann Castle founded in 1256 by the Danes and Ivangorod Fortress established by Ivan III in 1492. The 5 Krooni bill is not one of the primary banknotes dispensed by ATMs in Estonia as well as the primary bill used for withdrawals or cashing checks. It is, however, one of the smallest denomination note most commonly used by Estonians on an everyday basis.
History of the banknote
- 1991: first series issued by the Bank of Estonia;
- 1992: second series issued;
- 1994: third series issued;
- The watermark of the three lions is visible when the note is horizontal, but springs to life when the note is held against the light. The watermark is in two parts on the edges of the note.
- Each note contains a security thread.
- The portraits are printed in the main colour of the note and their raised surface can be felt with the fingertips.
- Each note has an individual serial number. The horizontal number on the left is printed in black and the vertical number on the right is printed in a different colour on each denomination.
- When the note is held at an angle to the light, the denomination of the note can be seen.
- New colour tints have been used in these areas.
- Silver ink has been incorporated into the note.
- A new style serial number appears on the right-hand side, in a different colour for each denomination.
- When the note is held up to the light, printed areas on the back of the note fill the unprinted areas on the front of the note.
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