The Mint of Finland will soon release silver coins in honor of Ilmari Tapiovaara, one of the most significant Finnish designers of the 20th century. His most famous designs include the Domus and Mademoiselle chairs. The coins are released to coincide with the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The obverse design of the coin features an image of the Mademoiselle chair. The inscription reads “Ilmari Tapiovaara” and his birth and death dates “1914-1999”.
The reverse includes a map of the world with the dates of 1937, 1952, 1958, 1964, and 1974 listed at Tapiovaara’s destinations of France, the United States of America, Paraguay, the Soviet Union, and Mauritius. Inscriptions include the denomination, “Suomi Finland” and the date of issue “2014”.
The designs were created by Harri Koskinen, one of the top names in Finnish contemporary design, who has been awarded the Pro Finlandia medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland. In reference to his experiencing designing the coin, he said, “Designing the coin was like sculpting within set limits. The assignment offered me an excellent opportunity, as well as a responsibility, to familiarise myself with Tapiovaara’s life and work. I wanted the coin to convey both his professional skill and his versatility.”
The designs have been on display at the Helsinki Design Museum since June. The release of the coins on September 4, 2014 will take part during Helsinki Design Week.
The coins have a part gloss, part matte finish and are available in two different denominations. The 10 euro coin is struck in 50% silver with a diameter of 28.5 mm and weight of 10 grams. The mintage is 10,000 pieces. The 20 euro coin is struck in 92.5% silver with a diameter of 38.6 mm and weight of 25.5 grams. The mintage is 5,000 pieces.