The Mint of Finland’s first silver commemorative of 2016 pays tribute to a master confectioner called Karl Fazer, who in 1891 opened a confectionary store in Helsinki that remains open to this day. Now one of Finlands most well known brands, Karl Fazer chocolate has become a part of the Finnish national identity. Born on 16 August 1866, this year marks the 150th anniversary of his birth, an event the Mint of Finland have marked with a single coin design available in three versions.
First up is a €10 0.500 silver coin of 10g in weight and a mintage of 10,000. Selling for €38.00, the coin comes boxed, and mixed in with the mintage are just 150 coins that have a serial number struck into the coins reverse. As they’re randomly mixed in, you simply won’t know if you’ll get one until you open the box. The reverse design depicts cocoa pods still attached to the tree, while the obverse depicts the plumage pattern of the Grey Partridge, chosen because of Fazer’s love of birds. The €20 version is identical in design, but is struck in sterling (0.925) silver and weighs 25.5g. Limited to 5,000 pieces, there will also be 150 numbered versions, but in this case they can be bought seperately without going through a virtual lottery. The numbered coins are packaged in a cool glass case, but do carry a premium over the €61.00 standard version by selling for €100.00.
Its’s a typically clean and stylish Mint of Finland design, even though the subject matter is quite esoteric, and like those rare special trading cards inserted into packs, we’d imagine the numbered ones will carry a hefty premium. Available from 28 January, if you want a glass-encased €20 coin, you’ll have to be quick.