A century of Finnish Independence is marked on a new pair of gold and silver coins.
One of our favourite national mints, the Mint of Finland differs from most other comparable mints with its stylistic and very contemporary design. Despite some often very eclectic subjects, collectors like them because of their unusual designs, difference being a prized attribute in modern numismatics. Recent stars have been 70 Years of Peace, Eino Leino, and Finnish Workers. Each is distinguished by some clean, modernist design that travels well even when the subject matter is very national.
The subject this time is one that any country will appreciate, independence, in this case it’s been a century since Finland gained its freedom from Russia. It’s a freedom that has been a struggle to maintain with numerous border skirmishes and an outright war in the 1940’s which saw them fight a brutal war against Soviet land grabs. Today, Finland is a modern democratic nation, one of the best places in the world to live. Something worth celebrating for sure.
To celebrate, the mint is releasing a range of coins throughout 2017 and has set up a standing order system for collectors that want them. Five ranges will be available, the other four being a Europa Star collector coin, and one each for mothers, the tango, and nature. This one has seperate designs for the gold and silver coins. The gold is struck in 0.917 fineness and weighs 5.65g, around a sixth of an ounce. An interesting use of detail to show concepts of nationhood and population growth, there are 3,000 being minted (€529), with 100 examples being numbered (sold out at €600).
The silver is a 10g piece struck in 0.500 (50%) fineness. This will have a mintage of 10,000, but in true Mint of Finland style, there will be 100 coins numbered on the obverse randomly inserted into the run. A 1 in 100 chance of picking one up and these will likely command a hefty premium over the initial €38.00 issue price on the aftermarket. The design is again one of clean lines and a minimalist approach. Both will ship from 03 January and can be ordered now from the mints website.