The Mint of Finland have announced the issue (15th May) of a new collector coin which pays tribute to one of Finland’s most well-known female entrepreneurs and founder of one of the country’s largest clothing, textile and home furnishing companies. Armi Ratia (1912 – 1979) was the founder of “Marimekko” in 1951.
Ratia is remembered in Finland as both charismatic and very creative which led to her substantial commercial success in Finland and internationally. The colorful and innovative styling of Marimekko clothing initially attracted significant American attention when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy bought several designs and wore them during her Husband’s presidential campaign in 1960. 2012 also marks her 100th birthday anniversary.
The obverse of the coin is the work of artist Kari Markkanen and depicts a candid and informal front-facing portrait of Armi Ratia positioned towards the left half with the text “Armi Ratia 1912 – 1979” to the right of the portrait. A series of wavy lines or stripes representative of some of Marimekko’s well-known textile designs is seen behind the portrait. The reverse motif is designed by Maija Isola and includes a series of Marimekko’s trademark flowers with the center flower depicted in vivid magenta and orange color. The coin’s face value of 10 €URO is seen just under the colorized flower and the text “SUOMI FINLAND 2012” is seen just above along the rim, the mintmark of the Finnish Mint is placed after the year.
The coin is struck in both proof quality and in Brilliant Uncirculated with a mintage of 20,000 pieces for each. Struck in sterling silver, the coin has a weight of 25.5 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm.
The coin will be available from the 4th June at the Mint’s outlet shops in Finland and by ordering directly on their website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng