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2 euro FINLAND (2012) Helene Schjerfbeck

2 euro 2012 Helene Schjerfbeck - coins of Finland
2 euro 2012 Helene Schjerfbeck - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
in the coin centre a self-portrait of Finnish painter facing slightly left; on the left vertically: HELENE SCHJERFBECK; below letters: FI (code for Finland in the ISO 3166-2 standard) and year of issue 2012; on the right vertically dates: 1862-1946; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
left from the coin centre face value: 2, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a map of Europe; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
reeded with concave inscription:
edge of 2 euro Finnish coins
(Finland in Finnish and Swedish as well as three lion heads)
issue date:
5 X 2012
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
Erja Tielinen (initial T at the left edge of the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
Mint mark of Suomen Rahapaja Oy Suomen Rahapaja Oy (The Mint of Finland), Vantaa (mint mark after 1946 on the obverse)
2012 1 987 000 mint mark
interesting facts:
This commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2012 commemorates the 150th anniversary of birth of brilliant Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck (1862-1946). Significant part of her work was painting self-portraits initially in style of Naturalism and later in Expressionism. 36 self-portraits coming from different stages of Schjerfbeck's life were preserved.

Self-portrait of Helene Schjerfbeck from 1937, which can be viewed in the Museum of Modern Arts in Stockholm, Sweden.

Self-portrait of Helene Schjerfbeck
photo: Moderna Museet, Stockholm
last update: 12 VIII 2013

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