Friday, May 25, 2012

Finland 10 euro 2012 - Armi Ratia

New silver collectors issue:

"Armi Ratia"

The Mint of Finland has announced the issue of a new collector coin which pays tribute to one of Finland's most well-known female entrepreneurs and founder of one of the country's largest clothing, textile and home furnishing companies. Armi Ratia (1912-1979) was the founder of Marimekko in 1951. She is remembered in Finland as both charismatic and very creative, which led to her substantial commercial success in Finland and internationally.

The obverse of the coin is the work of artist Kari Markkanen and depicts a candid and informal portrait of Armi Ratia. A series of wavy lines or stripes representative of some of Marimekko's well-known textile designs is seen behind the portrait. The reverse motif is designed by Maija Isola and includes a series of Marimekko's trademark flowers with the center flower depicted in vivid magenta and orange color.

(news and image by Pabitra Saha)

Material: Silver 925
Diameter: 38.60 mm
Weight: 25.50 g
Designer: Kari Markkanen & Maija Isola
BU mintage: 20 000
Proof mintage: 20 000

LINK: Bank of Finland
LINK: Mint of Finland

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