Finland's second and final commemorative two Euro coin for 2016 has now been released and the coin is dedicated to honouring one of Finland's greatest philosophers - Georg Henrik von Wright(14 June 1916 – 16 June 2003).
The coin is released to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Georg Henrik von Wright's birthday in 1916. von Wright was a prolific writer and published works in English, Finnish, German, and Swedish, as he belonged to Finland's Swedish-speaking minority. He is chiefly remembered for his work in the fields of analytic philosophy and philosophical logic. However he also expressed his opinions on many topics affecting his times and was a familiar figure on television and in the press. He published books and academic papers covering philosophical logic, philosophical analysis, philosophy of action, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, in addition to a close study of the work of Charles Sanders Peirce.
The obverse design of the commemorative two Euro coin depicts a classical Doric column to the right, this is representative of the young von Wright's enthusiasm for classical antiquity. This is combined with an oak branch on the left, which is a common symbol of both strength and wisdom. The name “GEORG HENRIK VON WRIGHT” appear on the inside of the inner disc. The date, “2016”, and the mintmark of the Mint of Finland are shown along the top. The outer ring consists of the customary twelve five pointed stars.
The coin has a milled edge with fine edge lettering imposed on top. The edge lettering appears in an italic font and reads “FINLAND”.
The reverse design is the standard two Euro coin design appearing on all legal tender two Euro coins since 2002. The bi-metallic coin will see a total mintage of 1000 000(one million) coins with 11 000(eleven thousand) of those being struck in high quality proof coins. The remaining 989 000 coins will be regular business strikes destined for general circulation. These proof quality coins are issued in a black Mint of Finland presentation case with a certificate of authenticity.
The coins can be ordered directly from the Mint of Finland's website, and will likely be available for €24.00 each upon release.
Each year members of the European Union are permitted to issue two circulation commemorative two Euro coins. This being the second of that issue for 2016, the first was the Eino Leino coin released earlier in the year.
Along with the regular proof coin, the mint of Finland will also be making available a purse of ten uncirculated coins for €41.00, and rolls of 25 uncirculated coins for a price of €90.00 per roll.