Centennial Birth of Mika Waltari
Issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of this important author (1908–1979). Waltari captivated Finnish readers as early as the 1920s and by the end of the 1940s, a worldwide readership confirmed his popularity. His most popular work was The Egyptian, published in 1945. The events take place in Egypt during the reigns of the pharaohs Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. Soon after publication, the book became a best-seller in the US, and historians praised Waltari for his knowledge of Egyptology. The reverse depicts a Pharaoh watchdog referencing the book. The obverse shows with Waltari's signature and a stylized pen tip to symbolize his labors.
Metal: .925 silver
Weight: 25.50 grams
Diameter: 38.60 mm