One of those mints in the Eastern half of Europe that has a knack and a reputation for creating striking and modern coin designs, the Mint of Finland has released some great coins recently. Their designs are often quite simple in execution but very effective and attractive, much like many of the coins issued by Lithuania and Latvia.
This new release celebrates the Finnish concept of ‘Sisu‘, basically stoic determination, and taking action in the face of overwhelming odds. Choosing a path of action and remaining with it despite repeated failures is Sisu. Said to be one of the fundamentals of Finnish culture, we’d imagine a recent example of this would have been this small country refusing to bow down to Stalin’s Soviet Union in 1939, and choosing to fight despite incredible odds. The Soviets forces had three times the men, thirty times the aircraft and a hundred times the amount of tanks, yet Finnish forces inflicted five times the casualties on the Soviets before finally surrendering due to sheer weight of numbers in 1940.
The coin has a clever design, especially the obverse with its heart in a fractured hole, and is available in a 25g sterling silver format and as a 10g 0.500 silver piece. While the mintage is set at 5,000 for the former and they’re all boxed (€61), just 50 pieces will be available with numbers inscribed on them and presented in a glass case (€100). The latter 50% pure silver coin that sells for €38 has a mintage of 25,000. There will be just 100 of these inscribed with a number and they’ll be randomly mixed into the mintage , so happy days all round if you bag one. All are available to order from the Mint of Finland e-store.