Topelius 200 Years

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Topelius 200 Years 20 

By decree of the Ministry of Finance, Mint of Finland issued EUR 10 and EUR 20 collector coins to mark the bi-centenary on 14 January 2018 of the birth Zacharias Topelius, a Finnish novelist and influential figure in society. Zacharias Topelius (14 January 1818-12 March 1898) is still remembered today as a master storyteller and as a lyricist of best-loved Christmas carols. Topelius was not only a distinguished novelist and poet, but also a journalist, historian and rector of the University of Helsinki. Topelius wrote insightful interpretations of social phenomena and structures, as seen for example in Välskärin kertomuksia (Tales of a Barber-Surgeon), one of his best-known novels. The reverse of the collector coin features an image of Topelius and the sparrows in his tales. The obverse of the coin is a reference to Topelius’s Koivu ja tähti (The Birch and the Star) fairytale. The EUR 20 commemorative coins are individually packaged in plastic casings set in a birch veneer frame crafted by Finnish carpenter Wooden Oy. The frame is surrounded by a ribbon and the package contains a certificate of authenticity telling the story behind the collector coin. Total mintage of the EUR 20 commemorative coin is 4000 pieces of which 100 pieces are numbered. The numbered coins are packaged in a protective clear capsule in a glass case that displays the beautiful commemorative coin brilliantly. A certificate of authenticity containing the commemorative coin’s technical specifications is also included in the package. The number of the commemorative coin is stamped on the coin's reverse. The commemorative coin has been granted the Key Flag Label of the Association for Finnish Work. Issue date: 12.01.2018

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Face value20
DesignerErja Tielinen
Weight25,5 g
Diameter38,6 mm
ManufactorMint of Finland


100 (numbered)

Mintage is maximum mintage. Numbered coins are included in the maximum mintage of proof coins.

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