The Golden Age collector coin, EUR 10, proo
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Order the beautiful Golden Age collector coin conveniently from the online shop! The Golden Age collector coin is part of the Prime Minister’s Office’s programme for the centennial of Finland’s independence. The collector coin has been granted the Key Flag Label of the Association for Finnish Work. It is also part of the European Europa Star programme.
The romantic nationalism movement that dominated Finnish art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is known as the Golden Age of Finnish Art. The artists drew the inspiration for their masterworks from Finnish folklore, the Kalevala in particular.
One of the Golden Age’s crowning moments was experienced at the Exposition Universelle held in Paris in 1900. The Finnish pavilion designed by Eliel Saarinen, Herman Geselius and Armas Lindgren was unveiled at the fair, exhibiting the masterpieces of Akseli Gallen-Kallela and other renowned Finnish artists.
The Golden Age collector coin pays tribute to this moment of greatness. The coin’s reverse is framed by bear heads in the manner of the pavilion’s entrance. Patterns from the Liekki (Flame) “ryijy”, a decorative type of rug unique to Finland, designed by Gallen-Kallela for the pavilion have been struck in the centre of the coin’s reverse, in the middle of the bear heads.
The collector coin is part of the Europa Star programme in which European countries release coins with a shared theme. In 2017, the theme is the age of iron and glass.
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