The Mint of Finland have issued two new coins in celebration of “Sisu.” The two coins are part of the “Ethics” series of coins first launched in 2009.
What is “Sisu” you might ask – if you are not Finnish or familiar with Finnish Culture? Well, it’s a part of the Finnish character which is actually celebrated on Sisu Day, the 6th March. Sisu has been described as that certain element of Finnish perseverance felt by all or most Finns in the face of adversity or challenge. It is a word or term which can also mean stoicism, bravery, resilience and hardiness, and seems to carry on in an expression of the historic self-identified Finnish national character. An individual can also be described as “having the quality of Sisu” or sisukas, and is often meant as a compliment.
Finns have often been driven by their spirit of Sisu. The word or expression has also taken on a modern definition as wisdom of the heart, taking care of neighbors and most of all, the courage to dream and set goals. This is manifested in individual survival stories, displays of community spirit and bold innovations. Finnish sisu has placed them on the world stage, providing a universal example of what a little grit can achieve and it is hoped these coins can and will spread the word and its meaning further.
Both coins, designed by veteran Mint of Finland artist Tapio Kettunen, depict two delicately sculpted hearts on the obverse while the reverse features a powerful three-dimensional image of a heart pushing through a tear in the center of the coin.
The maximum mintage of the proof-quality EUR 10 silver Sisu collector coin is 25,000 of which 100 coins will be numbered. The number is stamped on the coin’s reverse, and the numbered coins will be mixed into the mintage at random. The maximum mintage of the proof-quality EUR 20 silver Finnish Sisu collector coin is 5,000 of which 50 coins will be numbered. The coins are numbered on the reverse, and the numbered coins are sold separately in custom glass cases.
Advance order the Finnish Sisu collector coin now from the online shop. You can print a Sisu diploma to accompany the coin is bought as a gift.
For more information on these and other coins offered by the Mint of Finland, please visit their website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/suomalainen-sisu-juhlaraha-20-proof/17964/dp?openGroup=384 Information offered in English, Finnish and Swedish – International orders dispatched.