The Mint of Finland has released the latest coin in their Ethical Collector series, which carries themes related to topical issues and phenomena of the moment. The latest coin is launched in celebration of multiculturalism.
The coin was designed by Hannu Veijalainen, who was the winner of the design competition. The obverse of the coin includes symbols from various parts of the world, representing its many cultures. The reverse includes small Saint John’s Arms symbols, familiar from old Finnish coins. In Nordic countries, the symbol is believed to protect the bearer from bad luck.
In describing his work, the designer said, ”This intriguing and topical subject inspired me to make a submission. The look of the coin I designed draws from history and the way cultures have always developed in interaction with one another.”
Each coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a weight of 33.62 grams and diameter of 38.6 mm. The proof quality coins have a maximum mintage of 15,000 pieces and are available in standard packaging or a Vitriini glass box. Here is the product page on the Mint of Finland’s Online shop.
I have been drawn to many collector coin issues from Finland and this one joins the list. Several recent United States coins have sought to portray the concept of multiculturalism or diversity by portraying collections of diverse faces. (See these coins from 2009, 2010, and 2013). I find the use of varied symbols to be a more effective and artistic representation of the theme compared to the more expected literal representations.
The Mint of Finland’s Ethical Collector series has already produced two Coin of the Year Award winners. These include the Peace and Security themed coin from 2009 and the Children and Creativity themed coin from 2010.