The Mint of Finland has unveiled the design for their upcoming collector coin issued as part of the European Silver Star Programme. The theme for the program is 70 years of peace in Europe after the end of World War II.
Other European mints have already unveiled or released coins issued for the program. World Mint News Blog and Coin Update have covered the releases from Spain, France, and Italy. Each of these coins have incorporated a dove as the symbol of peace.
The release from Finland takes a much different approach. The obverse and reverse designs serve to depict the dramatic juxtaposition of war and peace, along with the bridge connecting the two.
The reverse design shows the arch of a bridge with debris and flames in the background, as the elements of ruin and destruction that symbolize war.
The obverse shows the other side of the arch sprouting with shoots, leaves, and fruits to symbolize peace and growth. The two sides of the coin, peace and war, meet on the deck of the bridge.
The Mint of Findland will begin accepting advance orders from their online shop on May 11 with an official release date of May 25.