Obverse. Photo © Mint of Finland
  • 20 Euro 2014, KM# 218, Finland, Republic, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Tove Jansson
  • 20 Euro 2014, KM# 218, Finland, Republic, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Tove Jansson
  • 20 Euro 2014, KM# 218, Finland, Republic, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Tove Jansson, Proof package
  • 20 Euro 2014, KM# 218, Finland, Republic, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Tove Jansson, Numbered in a glass case
Description

Tove Marika Jansson (1914–2001) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, painter, illustrator and comic strip author. For her contribution as a children's writer she received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1966.

Jansson is best known as the author of the Moomin books for children. The first such book, The Moomins and the Great Flood, appeared in 1945, though it was the next two books, Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll, published in 1946 and 1948 respectively, that brought her fame.

Jansson's books, originally written in Swedish, have been translated into 45 languages. After the Kalevala and books by Mika Waltari, they are the most widely translated works of Finnish literature.

Total mintage of the EUR 20 commemorative coin is 5000 pieces of which 100 pieces are numbered, coated with nSilver® to prevent oxidation and packaged in a glass case.

Engraver: Jarkko Roth
Issue date: 07.02.2014

Obverse

Depicts in the middle a portrait of Tove Jansson, whose hair is made up of characters associated with Moomins. On the right side, partly on top of the portrait, is the head and forelegs of the Pegasos horse. The text TOVE JANSSON is at the top left and the text 1914-2001 is at the bottom left of the coin. The year 2014 is horizontal on the right. The engaver's initial (R) and the logo of the Mint of Finland (lion) are below.

TOVE JANSSON
2014
R
1914 · 2001

Reverse

Depicts the back of the Pegasos horse with wings. A fairy tale character, Too-Ticky, sits on the tail of Pegasus. The country name in Finnish and Swedish is at the top and the face value, 10€, is on the right side of the coin.

Too-Ticky (Swedish: Too-ticki, Finnish: Tuu-Tikki) is a winter-loving craftsperson who lives in Moominpappa's boathouse with invisible shrews during the winter. Too-Ticky is active, optimistic, and interested in all things. She is seen as very knowledgeable, practical, and wise, and is a good problem solver. The character and the name are modelled after Tuulikki Pietilä, Tove Jansson's life partner.

SUOMI FINLAND 20€

Edge

Smooth, numbered have numbers from 1 to 100

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 25.5 g
Diameter 38.6 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Mint of Finland

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