This post will highlight two recent releases from the Mint of Finland. The first coin is issued for the Eurostar Programme under which member countries coordinate to issue coins celebrating aspects of European identity for a different theme each year. This year’s theme is European writers.
Finland’s contribution to the program features F.E. Sillanpään, one of the most famous Finnish writers who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1939 “for his deep understanding of his country’s peasantry and the exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their relationship with Nature.”
The designs for the coin are by two different artists and were selected through an open competition. The obverse features a likeness of the author in his later years designed by Reijo Paavilainen. The reverse by Pekka Rytkönen seeks to portray the poetic side of rural life.
Each coin is struck in .925 silver with a weight of 17 grams and diameter of 33 mm. The mintage is limited to 20,000 examples in proof.
The second coin, which was released earlier this year, is issued for Sophie Mannerheim and Finnish Health Care. She was a prominent figure of her time who worked to develop nursing practices and promote the well being of children. Profits from the coin will help to build a new children’s hospital.
The design of the coin by Tero Lounas represents her love for children and her strong will to focus boldly on the future.
Each coin is struck in .925 silver with a weight of 25.5 grams and diameter of 38.6 mm. The mintage is limited to 17,000 pieces in proof.