On 6 March 2015, Mint of Finland will, by decree of the Ministry of Finance, release a collector coin in tribute to sisu, the quality of extraordinary determination, often associated with the Finnish people. The sisu collector coin will be struck in silver in nominal values of EUR 10 and 20. The Finnish sisu collector coins will celebrate the Year of Sisu 2015.
Mint of Finland will release the second official collector coin of 2015 on 28 February, the Day of Sisu. The coin will be launched at the inauguration of the Year of Sisu 2015 in Helsinki. Organised by Filosofian Akatemia, the Year of Sisu 2015 brings together companies, organisations and individuals through events, challenges and projects.
“The idea of Finnish sisu as a motif for a collector coin arose during market research we carried out in 2014. Sisu has always taken the Finnish people forward in the face of adversity and put us on the world map. The Finnish sisu collector coin now struck conveys the story of the importance of sisu and also acts as a universal reminder of what can be achieved through perseverance. We’re delighted to be able to be part of the Year of Sisu with this collector coin,” says Mint of Finland Communications Director Henna Karjalainen.
According to Finnish sisu researcher Emilia Lahti, sisu begins where perseverance ends. “Sisu is more an individual decision to act than a personal quality,” Lahti explains. In her doctoral thesis currently under preparation, Lahti examines sisu as a universal capacity and dynamic mindset for action.
Commemorative coin combines sensitivity and strength
The Finnish sisu collector coin combines sensitivity and strength. The obverse of the coin features two delicately carved hearts joined together. The heart pushing through the tear on the reverse side of the coin and three-dimensionality are striking features. The collector coin was designed by artist Tapio Kettunen. Mint of Finland’s silver collector coins bear the Key Flag label attesting to their Finnish origin.
The silver coins will be struck in nominal values of EUR 10 and 20, and 100 of the ten-euro coins will be numbered. These numbered silver coins will be mixed in the total mintage of 25,000 coins at random. The collector coins will be minted of Ag500/1000 silver, with a diameter of 28.5 millimetres and weight of 10 grams.
The coins with a nominal value of EUR 20 will have maximum mintage of 5,000 coins, 50 of which will be numbered and sold separately in glass cases. These collector coins will be minted of Ag925/1000 silver, with a diameter of 38.6 millimetres and weight of 25.5 grams.
The collector coins will be available from the release date of 6 March 2015 from the Mint of Finland's online shop and retailers. Advance orders for the collector coins will be accepted by the Mint of Finland online shop from the Day of Sisu on 28 February 2015. The retail price of the silver EUR 10 collector coins is EUR 38. The EUR 20 coins cost EUR 61 and numbered EUR 20 coins EUR 100.
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Mint of Finland
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Mint of Finland Group designs, markets and manufactures coins, blanks, collector coins and special coins as well as coinages. Mint of Finland Group is the strongest mint in the euro zone and one of the largest global exporters of coins. The company is owned by the Republic of Finland. You can see how coins are produced at the About a Coin exhibition at the Heureka Science Centre. For more information about the 2015 events, please visit www.mint.fi
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