EMU - Finnish face of Euro coins: cloudberry, swans and
Three designs were chosen in December 1997 for the national
face of the euro coins to be minted in Finland. The theme of the
coin for 2 euros is a cloudberry, and the coin for 1 euro
displays a scene of two swans flying over a lake, while all euro
cent denominations portray the Finnish heraldic lion.
The designs derive from entries submitted to earlier coin
design competitions held in Finland. With nature, the theme of
existing Finnish coins, being construed as typical of Finnish
coins, it was felt that this theme should be continued. It was
decided that the number of designs would be restricted since the
introduction of the euro will in itself increase the number of
different coins (from the current five coins to eight in all).
The design on the 2 euros coin is based on an entry for a
metal coins competition held in 1988 made by the late artist
Raimo Heino, while the national face of the 1 euro coin is based
on an award-winning proposal by artist Pertti Mäkinen from a
competition for a coin in commemoration of the 80th anniversary
of Finnish independence. The heraldic lion on the euro cents was
designed by sculptor Heikki Häiväoja and was used in the
Finnish 1 markka coins between 1964-1993.