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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 18, April 27, 2014, Article 16

MORE ON THE FINLAND 10 EURO LITERACY COIN

Last week I asked about the strange symbols on the reverse of that Finnish coin. Here's what readers had to say. -Editor

Finland 10 Euro Literacy coin reverse Finland 10 Euro Literacy coin obverse

Bob Neale writes:

The symbols on the other side of the Finland 10 Euros coin resemble chromosomes. The chromosomes, if such they are, would be human, of which there are 23 pairs normally. But a closer look at a reference chart suggests that the coin is not showing a map of human chromosomes. Hope someone can say for sure - whatever the answer. Got a biologist on your list to confirm - or trash as nonsense?

Chip Howell found the following explanation for us on the Finnish Mint web site:

The note ring is followed by a ring made up of Braille dots, while the outermost ring consists of letters which spell out LUKUTAITO 2014 ('LITERACY 2014'). The Swedish word for literacy, LÄSFÄRDIGHET, features on the rim of the coin. The reverse of the coin features cave painting patterns forming a ring. The text SUOMI FINLAND and the denomination – €20 or €10 – are on the outer edge.

So - it's cave painting art. Interesting! Never saw that on a coin, although I'm sure there must be medals somewhere of the subject or caves and cave paintings. Does anyone know of any? Pabitra Saha also forwarded this explanation and link. Thanks, everyone.

To read the complete description, see: Literacy €20 in cardboard package (www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/lukutaito-20-pahvipakkauksessa/17634/dp?openGroup=384)

To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see: SOME RECENT COIN DESIGNS: APRIL 20, 2014 : Finland 10 Euro Literacy Coin (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v17n17a16.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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