Finnish Sauna Culture

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Finnish Sauna Culture 20 

The Finnish Sauna Culture commemorative coin is the first commemorative coin created collaboratively with the public. Everyone had the opportunity to influence the commemorative coin's artistic design through an idea competition. The coin paying tribute to our sauna culture was then designed by Mari Metso and Erkki Vainio on the basis of the submissions. By decree of the Ministry of Finance, Mint of Finland minted two versions of the coin, with nominal values of EUR 10 and EUR 20. The obverse of the coin depicts the development of the sauna from a sauna pit to the relaxing and healthy sauna experience of today. The obverse is designed by Mari Metso. The reverse of the coin bears an image familiar to many Finns: a countryside view in which the saunas are heating up. The reverse is designed by Erkki Vainio. The commemorative coin with a nominal value of EUR 20 is packaged in a protective clear casing set in a birch veneer package manufactured by Finnish carpenters Puusepänliike Wooden Oy. The package is wrapped in a sleeve and comes with a certificate of authenticity telling the commemorative coin's story, along with the technical specifications of the product. The first one hundred Finnish Sauna Culture EUR 20 commemorative coins are numbered. The numbered commemorative coins are packaged in a protective clear casing set in a glass case made by Iitala. A certificate of authenticity with the commemorative coin’s story and technical specifications is also included in the package. The number of the commemorative coin is stamped on the coin's obverse. The commemorative coin was launched on 8 June, the eve of Finnish Sauna Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Saturday of June and is a voluntary flag day. Issue date: 9.7.2018

Features

Year2018
Face value20
TypeCommemorative
DesignersMari Metso, Erkki Vainio
MaterialSilver
MetalAg925
Weight25,5 g
Diameter38,6 mm
ManufactorMint of Finland
SerieFinnish Sauna Culture

Mintages

YearUNCBUProof
20184,000
100 (numbered)

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

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