The Mint of Finland will issue a new €10 silver coin to mark the 100th anniversary of birth of the musician and composer of Finnish folk music Konsta Jylhä, who was born in 1910.
The collector coin is designed by sculptor Reijo Paavilainen, whose design is based on “Pirta” (Weaving). The obverse of the coin carries a simple portrait of Konsta Jylhä and the reverse side shows the openings of a violin top.
In describing his work and inspiration for the coin’s design, Paavilainen explains, “Konsta Jylhä was a rather modest person. For this reason I wanted my work to breathe a certain kind of simple modesty, I didn’t want the coin to have too many details.”
The design was selected as the winner of a public competition set by the Finnish Ministry of Finance. The jury was impressed by the artist’s unique approach, which they felt captured the spirit of Konsta Jylhä within an optically interesting and harmonious coin.
The €10 silver coin will be struck in .925 silver with a diameter is 38.61 mm. and will weigh 25.5g. Mintages have been set at 10,000 proof coins and 5,000 BU coins. The Mint of Finland’s website can be viewed at: www.suomenrahapaja.fi