The Mint of Finland have issued (28th January) a new silver coin to honor one of their most well known and celebrated scientists, Pehr Kalm (1716-1779). He is considered to be the most famous Finnish representative of the Enlightenment and one of the ‘apostles’ of Carl Linnaeus.
The silver coin was designed by Erkki Vainio. The obverse features a depiction of Pehr Kalm surveying the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. The reverse of the coin depicts a stlized and subtly colored image of “Kalmia Latifolia”. Often called Mountain-laurel, it is the state flower of Connecticut and Pennsylvania and named after Kalm.
The coin carries a face value of 10 EURO and is struck in .925 silver with a weight of 17 grams and diameter of 33.5 mm. There will be both proof and BU versions with mintages of 14,000 pieces for the proof and 6,000 pieces for the BU. The issue of this coin is in conjunction with the “EUROPA” or European Silver Star programme and includes their distinctive logo as part of the obverse design.
This is the Mint of Finland’s first half crown size coin since the adoption of the Euro in 2011.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the Mint of Finland, please visit their website at http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/commemorative-and-collector-coins