The Mint of Finland has recently released silver proof coins celebrateing Tove Jansson, a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator, and comic strip author. She is best known for her Moomin children’s books and received the Han Christian Andersen Medal in 1966, which is the highest recognition available for a writer or illustrator of children’s books.
The design for the commemorative coin takes an intriguing approach which bridges the obverse and reverse. On the obverse is a stylized portrait of the Jansson with her face in the shape of an artist’s palette. The head of a winged horse also appears, with the image of the creature completed on the reverse of the coin.
For this year, the Mint of Finland is offering two versions of their silver collector coins. The typically offered 20 Euro Silver Coins are struck in 92.5% purity with a diameter of 38.6 mm and weight of 25.5 grams. The newly introduced size carries a 10 Euro face value, with the coins struck in 50% silver and having a diameter of 28.5 mm and weight of 10 grams. The new smaller size was introduced in the hopes of attracting new collectors due to the lower pricing point.
The 2014 Tove Jansson 10 Euro Silver Proof Coins carry a mintage of 25,000 and are priced at 38 Euro. The 20 Euro Silver Proof Coins carry a mintage of 5,000 pieces and are priced at 61 Euro. Additionally, there are 100 numbered coins which have been given an anti-tarnish nSilver coating and are available by phone order only.
The Mint of Finland online shop can be found here. From what I have read on the site, they do process international orders but shipping costs are high for countries outside the EU. The coins should eventually be available from world coin dealers or on eBay.
This represents Tove Jansson’s second appearance on a Finnish commemorative coin. In 2004, the Tove Jansson and Finnish Children’s Culture 10 Euro Silver Coin was issued. The only person other than Jansson to have two Finnish collector coins issued in their honor is President Kekkonen.