In 2015, 70 years will have passed from the end of the Second World War. European mints are celebrating this theme together by issuing collector coins related to the subject as part of the European Silver Star programme. Mint of Finland will release its own contribution on 25 May.
The 70 Years of Peace in Europe collector coin will be released in May as part of the joint collector coin programme of European mints. The theme of the programme changes annually, and coins released in the series this year will celebrate the end of the Second World War 70 years ago.
According to Mint of Finland's CEO Paul Gustafsson, it is important to participate in this joint European programme, whose theme of peace is now topical in many respects: “Each year, we have witnessed very different implementations of the shared theme. In addition to the theme, coins released in the programme are united by a logo struck on the collector coin. The logo combines the star of the EU flag and the letter E, depicted by the € symbol,” says Paul Gustafsson.
The European Silver Star programme was initiated in 2004, and has covered themes such as European literature, art, architecture and cultural heritage. The previous coins released by Mint of Finland in the programme have celebrated Peace and Freedom (2005), J.V. Snellman (2006), explorer A.E. Nordenskiöld (2007), the Finnish flag (2008), composer Fredrik Pacius (2009), architect Eero Saarinen (2010), explorer Pehr Kalm (2011), goldsmith Henrik Wigström (2012) and author F.E. Sillanpää (2013).
The 70 Years of Peace in Europe collector coin straddles peace and war
Instead of the conventional dove often used to symbolise peace, the collector coin's motifs depict the dramatic juxtaposition of war and peace, but also the bridge connecting the two. Behind the arch of a bridge on the coin's reverse lie the elements of ruin and destruction that symbolise war: debris and flames. On the coin's obverse, shoots, leaves and fruits wind along the same arch, symbolising peace and growth. The coin's obverse and reverse, peace and war, meet on the deck of the bridge. The coin is designed by Petri Neuvonen.
The nominal value of the silver collector coins will be EUR 10, The maximum mintage of the collector coins is 10,000, out of which 70 coins will be numbered. The numbered collector coins will be packaged in glass cases and sold separately. The collector coins will be made of Ag925/1000 silver, with a diameter of 33 millimetres and weight of 17 grams.
The collector coins will be available to advance order from the Mint of Finland online shop on 11 May. Actual sales by Mint of Finland and its retailers will start on the collector coin's release date of 25 May.
For more information, please contact:
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Mint of Finland
+358 40 660 5900
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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