The Mint of Finland has issued a new gold coin to commemorate the dawn of the period of illumination, which began in the year 1863 with the regular meetings of the Diet. Since that year Finns established opportunities to influence their country’s affairs and development.
The reverse design of the coin features a crown and an opening curtain, representing the power of the Emperor of Russia. The obverse features a section mark to represent the beginning of democracy.
Each coin is struck in 91.7% gold to proof quality with a weight of 5.65 grams and diameter of 22 mm. The total mintage is 6,000 pieces.
An interesting aspect to this release is that 5,800 of the overall mintage will be offered unnumbered, while 200 pieces will be numbered and presented in unique collector’s boxes together with a special €2 proof coin. The numbering appears on the outer box and is also stamped on the coin’s edge.
The numbered gold coins are priced at sharp premium to the unnumbered versions. The 5,800 regular unnumbered gold coins have a price of €350, while the numbered gold coins with special €2 coin are priced at €600.
There is a special ordering process in place for the numbered gold coins. These are available by telephone only and sold in the sequence of orders received starting with 2/200, unless the buyer requests another specific number. The ordering period runs from September 23-27 and only one coin may be ordered per call. Payment is to be made by money wire. Detailed instructions can be found here.
The first strike numbered 1/200 will be presented to the Parliament of Finland. The coins numbered 51 to 110 or those available from cancellations will be sold to the Mint’s distributors.