2.5 million Finland 100 two-euro coins about to enter circulation
A total of 2.5 million special coins will be minted in honour of Finland’s centenary of independence. The special Finland 100 coins will be released into circulation on 1 June 2017. Erkki Liikanen, Governor of the Bank of Finland, started the production of the Finland 100 coins at Mint of Finland on 16 May.
Finland 100 coins circulate in Europe
Each euro state is permitted to release two special two-euro coins into circulation each year. The special coins are legal tender everywhere in the eurozone, which means that vendors are obliged to accept them as payment.
The designs and release of special two-euro coins is up to the individual euro countries and the Central Bank of Europe approves their mintages. The reverse of a special coin is identical to normal circulation pieces, while the national side of the coin bears a special themed image.
”Special coins are legal tender in the eurozone and thus spread the word about our centenary as the coins circulate in Europe. It is fantastic to be able to celebrate Finland’s centenary of independence together with the Bank of Finland,” says CEO Jonne Hankimaa of Mint of Finland.
The national side of the special coin is the work of designer Simon Örnberg. The special coin features a mosaic forming the cartographic image of Finland. According to Örnberg, this represents Finland as an increasingly open society integrated and networked with the surrounding world.