According to the Mint of Finland, about 1.5 million coins commemorating the Swedo-Finnish artist and writer will be put into circulation from June 16. Jansson is best known for her eerily enchanting Moomin characters and their world – Moominvalley – which set the stage for a range of art and children’s stories.
It’s not the first time Finland’s moneymakers are celebrating the artist – the company issued silver-plated commemorative coins in her honour in 2004 and 2014 – in 10- and 20-euro denominations. Jansson is only the second Finn to be honoured with more than one commemorative coin – the only other was former President Urho Kekkonen.
"It’s an amazing honour that Tove has been honoured with two commemorative collector’s coins and now a special edition two-euro coin. There can be no further doubt about Tove Jansson’s status as a respected and well-known artist and writer. The fact that she is being celebrated widely and in so many ways on her centennial also demonstrates that," said Sophia Jansson, Tove Jansson’s niece and artistic director for Moomin Characters.
One side of the coin exhibits one of Jansson’s self-portraits while the other features the work of designer Jari Lepistö. The coin is legal tender and carries the same value as other two-euro coins.
The observations coincide with the centennial of Tove Jansson’s birth. Apart from Finland, she is being commemorated with events around Europe and in Japan, Kenya and Australia.