The Finnish Ministry of Finance has authorised the release (26th September) of new €20 silver Proof collector coins, which focuses on the country’s efforts and activities of spearheading climate research.
The €20 silver collector coins are produced by the Lithuanian Mint at their facilities in Vilnius, on behalf of the Finnish Ministry of Finance. Designed by the artistic duo team of Terhi Tuominen and Jitan V. Patel, they have chosen to feature nature’s own air quality meter — beard lichen — is depicted on the obverse side of this commemorative coin. The relief is composed of a root-like branching network. The insightful motif and its shape can also be interpreted as representing the lungs — reminding us of the importance of air quality and its study. The text included shown on either side of the beard lichen reads ILMASTOTUTKIMUS (Finnish) and KLIMATFORSKNING (Swedish), meaning “Climate Research” in Finland’s two official languages. The reverse side features a series or pattern of small dots representing the small particles created in the air as well as the data obtained from analysing them. The dots form a line diagram, the curve of which can be interpreted as mirroring the fell landscape of the Pallas-Sodankylä observation network. The text placed above the primary design reads SUOMI FINLAND; the words are separated by the mintmark of the Lithuanian Mint with the coins’ denomination €20 shown under the design.
The two-euro coins are produced by the Mint of Finland at their facilities in Vantaa, on behalf of the Finnish Ministry of Finance. The obverse side depicting beard lichen is included along with the text ILMASTOTUTKIMUS and KLIMATFORSKNING and the mintmark of the Mint of Finland seen at the top of the design.
|2 euro||Bi-metallic||8.5 g||25.7 mm||Uncirculated||394,500|
|2 euro||Bi-metallic||8.5 g||25.7 mm||Proof||5,500|
|20 euro||.925 Silver||25.5 g||38.6 mm||Numbered Proof||100|
|20 euro||.925 Silver||25.5 g||38.6 mm||Proof||1,400|
The silver Proof coins are encapsulated and presented in a custom case accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Finnish Ministry of Finance. From the total mintage of 1,500 coins, one hundred coins will also be individually numbered from 001 – 100, which is applied to the reverse. For additional information, please visit the website of Suomen Moneta here for the silver coin, here for the Numbered Proof silver coin, or here for the two-euro coins.