The Mint of Finland has started accepting advance orders for gold and silver coins issued in honor of Jean Sibelius, a Finnish composer whose music played an important role in the formation of Finnish national identity. Sibelius has previously been featured on the Finnish 100 mark bill as well as gold and silver commemorative coins issued in 1999.
The new collector coins are struck to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth and commemorate his remarkable oeuvre and influence on the Finnish national character and Finnish classical music.
The obverse design of the new coin features a stylized view of the starry sky of Ainola, the home of Jean Sibelius and his wife, with the tops from a group of pine trees seen extending from the right. The inscription reads “JEAN SIBELIUS” amongst the stars.
The reverse design features a close up depiction of the neck of a violin, which was the composer’s favored instrument. The inscriptions read “SUOMI FINLAND”, the date “2015”, and the denomination “10 €“.
The artist of the coin Nora Tapper explained the design: “My idea was that complete silence surrounds the composer staring at the night sky. The composition born in the stillness then comes to life with the violin depicted on the reverse.”
The 10 Euro coin is struck in 50% silver to proof quality with a diameter of 28.5 mm and weight of 10.0 grams. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces. Of this number, 150 pieces have been numbered, with the number stamped onto the obverse of the coin. These numbered coins will be mixed into the overall mintage at random.
The 100 Euro coin is struck in 91.7% gold to proof quality with a diameter of 22 mm and weight of 5.65 grams. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.
Both coins have a release date of January 30, 2015 indicated. The Mint of Finland began accepting advance orders for the coins on January 7, 2015.