The Mint of Finland have launched (3rd February) a new collector coin which highlights distinctive Finnish design and celebrates Helsinki being designated World Design Capital for 2012. The coin was launched at the prestigious World Money Fair in Berlin. The Finnish capital was chosen as the World Design Capital by the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design in recognition of “Finnish practical comfort which brings together elements of luxury with a touch of Nordic style.” The coin highlights this distinction as an innovative and modern country of design expertise.
The collector coin minted as a gold and silver combination with a nominal value of €50, (the first time this denomination) is designed by Henna Lamberg. The coin’s obverse depicts alternative smooth and uneven surfaces including triangular and peaked effects that give it a distinctive look and tactile attributes resulting in a three-dimensional appearance. The text on the coin reads “WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL HELSINKI 2012” and is placed around the inner disc which is off-center. The Mint’s logo appears towards the end of the legend.
The reverse of the coin includes an opposite illustration of the center disc as seen on the obverse and also includes the coin’s denomination positioned at the top along with free-style and directional linear additions all around the center disc which are recessed into the silver ring. The text “SUOMI FINLAND” is also seen towards the lower portion.
Specifications for this coin include a combination of gold, (.750 fine) and sterling silver with a total weight of 10.8 grams and a diameter of 27.2 mm. The coin is produced in proof quality with a total mintage of 5,000 pieces in total. A 5 €URO aluminum-bronze coin with the same design is also being launched by the Mint of Finland.
For more information about this and other coins offered by the Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/commemorative-and-collector-coins/world-design-capital-helsinki-2012-50