new circulating commemorative 2-euro coin from Finland will honor
children’s author and artist Tove Jannson.
coin is scheduled to be released June 16, the Mint of Finland
announced May 16.
total of 1.5 million examples of Finland’s first 2-euro commemorative
coin of 2014 are being issued.
issue of a circulating coin, following the release of two silver
collector coins (in 2004 and 2014), “puts Tove Jansson’s position as a
respected and acknowledged artist and author beyond a shadow of a
doubt. This is also indicated by the fact that she is being so
diversely and widely celebrated during the Tove 100 jubilee year,”
says Sophia Jansson, Tove Jansson’s niece and the artistic director of
marks the centennial of Tove Jansson’s birth, on Aug. 9, 1914. She
died June 27, 2001.
is celebrating the woman who is one of its most famous authors with a
year-long celebration in Finland and abroad.
is best remembered for her independent and stubborn Moomin characters
with their complex and quite inimitable world view.
obverse (national side) of the 2-euro coin was designed by Jari
Lepistö, and is based on Jansson’s self-portrait. The reverse is the
standard map design used for circulating 2-euro coins throughout the
eurozone, the 18 countries that issue euro coins.
total of 11,000 of the coins will be issued in Proof and sold for a
premium price. Pre-orders begin on May 26 through the Mint of Finland
online shop, found at the Mint’s website. An individual Proof coinin a
case is priced at 24 euros.
coins are available in two collector options: a purse with 10 examples
retails for 41 euros, and a 25-count roll is being sold for 90 euros.
commemorative 2-euro coins are legal tender in all euro countries. The
first commemorative 2-euro coin was minted in Finland in 2004. Not
every eurozone nation issues circulating commemorative 2-euro coins,
but each is allowed to release two commemorative coins into
circulation each year.
plans to release the full quota of two Finnish 2-euro commemorative
coins in 2014, but the theme for the other coin has not been disclosed.
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