Akseli Gallen-Kallela

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Akseli Gallen-Kallela 10 

The collector coin struck in honour of the 150th anniversary year of Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865–1931) commemorates the master painter's remarkable oeuvre and influence on the Finnish national character and Finnish painting art. The obverse of the Akseli Gallen-Kallela collector coin depicts a painter's palette, the descending spirit and the Swan of Tuonela. The figure on the reverse is an homage to Gallen-Kallela's prints. The maximum mintage of the proof-quality EUR 10 silver Finnish Sisu collector coin is 10,000, and 100 coins will be numbered. The number is stamped on the coin's reverse, and the numbered coins will be mixed into the mintage at random. Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931) drew his inspiration from Finnish nature, folk culture and legends. The most famous works from Gallen-Kallela's early period include the Realist paintings Boy with a Crow, the Old Woman and the Cat and Démasquée, painted during his art studies in Paris. After this period, Gallen-Kallela moved to a subject that had intrigued him since he was a child – the Finnish epic Kalevala, which gave birth to paintings such as the Aino triptych, the Forging of the Sampo and Lemminkäinen's Mother. The artist also painted the Kalevala-themed frescos for Finland's pavilion at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris. The work of Akseli Gallen-Kallela still touches the core of our national self-esteem. In 2015, 150 years will have passed from his birth. Issue date: 22.10.2015

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Face value10
DesignerHannu Veijalainen
Weight10 g
Diameter28,5 mm
ManufactorMint of Finland
SerieAkseli Gallen-Kallela


100 (numbered)

Mintage is maximum mintage. Numbered coins are included in the maximum mintage of proof coins.

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