Presidents of Finland – U.K.Kekkonen, proof
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The Presidents of Finland collector coins series culminates in a collector coin struck to commemorate Urho Kaleva Kekkonen. Kekkonen is the first Finn to have appeared on three collector coins. The Kekkonen collector coin is part of the Finland 100 programme of Finland’s centenary of independence. The collector coin has been granted the Key Flag symbol of Finnish origin.
The collector coin pays tribute to U.K. Kekkonen (1900-1986), who served as the eighth President of the Republic of Finland in 1956-1981.
Part of the Finland100 programme
Radiating prestige, this collector coin is part of the new Presidents of Finland series, which Mint of Finland will release by decree of the Ministry of Finance in 2016–2017. The collector coins of the Presidents of Finland series will feature in the Finland 100 programme celebrating the centennial of Finland’s independence.
A total of eight collector coins paying tribute to the presidents of Finland will be released in the series, with the coins of K.J. Ståhlberg, L.K. Relander, P.E. Svinhufvud and Kyösti Kallio to be launched in 2016. The coins of Risto Ryti, C.G.E. Mannerheim, J.K. Paasikivi and U.K. Kekkonen will be released in 2017.
The collector coin and its packaging
A collector coin is at its most beautiful in proof quality. Proof-quality collector coins are minted with a polished die, finished, and placed in a protective clear plastic casing set in a cardboard package. The coin will best withstand the test of time and remain as a memento in your collection in its original package.
Collector coin design
The obverse of the coin bears a portrait of Urho Kaleva Kekkonen. All coins in the series will share the same reverse.
The reverse features a landscape of Finnish fields framing an open book depicting a constructed urban environment. The motif symbolises the president’s mandate from the people. The collector coins are designed by Tero Lounas.
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