The Mint of Finland have launched (27th February) their latest coin within the “Ethical Series.” The new coin is the 4th issued since the program’s introduction in 2009. This year’s theme focuses on the subject of Equality and Tolerance.
Often described as “a distinctly Finnish value” the subject of tolerance is “more significant than ever” as commented by the Mint of Finland’s CEO, Paul Gustafsson during the launch. The coin will be released on Finland’s national day of Equality, which is the 19th March, under the patronage of Finnish President, Tarja Halonnen whose term expires on the 1st March 2012.
The coin was designed by Lahti University of Applied Sciences student Katri Piri, who was the winner of a competition organized by the Mint of Finland’s design committee. The obverse depicts the artist’s interpretation of the world map. To the upper right side and lower left side of the primary design and around the rim, a group of six incused stars are positioned, twelve in total, which represent the European Union. The stylized text “SUOMI – FINLAND – 2012” is super-imposed over the map in three lines.
The reverse of the coin depicts six silhouettes in profile, representing many peoples, all ages and both genders, facing to the left and super-imposed over each other. A circular disc to the far right includes the coin’s denomination of 20 €URO. A mintmark of the Mint of Finland can be seen at the base of the primary design.
The coin is struck in sterling silver (.925) with a weight 33.62 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. The coin will be produced in both proof and uncirculated with mintages of 20,000 pieces for each quality.
For more information on the Equality and Tolerance and other coins offered by the Mint of Finland, please visit their informative website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng