Finlandia Centennial: 100 Markkaa Silver Coin for Centennial of the Sibelius Masterpiece
“We fought 600 years for our freedom and I am part of the generation which achieved it . . . My Finlandia is the story of this fight. It is the song of our battle, our hymn of victory.” So spoke Jean Sibelius of the piece of music so dear to Finland that it has even been played instead of the national anthem. This year is the 100th anniversary of Finlandia’s first performance, and it is fitting that the nation’s last gold coin of the century will honor one of the century’s foremost composers, and Finland’s greatest ever. Architect Juhani Pallasmaa designed the obverse to show a raised head of Sibelius in profile next to a moon rising on a lake. The reverse, by Jukka Veistola shows the score for the first notes of Finlandia.
Metal: .925 silver
Weight: 22 grams
Diameter: 35 mm