2 euro Finland 2013, The 150th Anniversary of Parliament of 1863

2 Euro Commemorative Coins Finland 2013, 150th Anniversary of Parliament 1863

€2 commemorative coins - Finland 2013, The 150th Anniversary of Parliament of 1863 when regular Parliament sessions started in Finland. 

Commemorative 2 euro coins from Finland

The coin celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Parliament of 1863 when regular Parliament sessions started in Finland.

Description of the design: The 2-euro commemorative coin is depicted with the year 1863 and a shoot growing out of it symbolising the start of democracy and Finland’s development. In semicircle, at the bottom, the name of the issuing country ‘SUOMI FINLAND’ with the two words separated by the mint mark, and the year ‘2013’.
The Diet of 1863 is the start of period of illumination. In Finland, the year 1863 marked a start for genuine democracy, transparent press operations and the right to use the Finnish language. With the beginning of regular meetings of the Diet, the opportunities of Finns to influence affairs in their own country improved in an unprecedented way. The year marked the beginning of a period of illumination for Finnish democracy.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.

Design: Petri Neuvonen
Issue date: September 2013
Specifications: Diameter - 25.75mm., Thickness - 2.2mm Weight - 8.5gram.
Composition: BiAlloy (Nk/Ng), ring Cupronickel (75% copper - 25% nickel clad on nickel core), center Nickel brass
Edge: SUOMI FINLAND (the name of the country in Finnish and Swedish, its two official languages), followed by three lion heads
Mintage: 1000000 pieces: Proof 11 000 and 989 000 UNC

Mint of Finland Mintmark
Rahapaja Oy mint logo (since 2010); Mint of Finland - Suomen Rahapaja - Helsinki - Vantaa.

Finnish 2 Euro commemorative coins - The Diet of 1863

In 1863, Emperor Alexander II of Russia, initiated a series of reforms in Finland. He re-opened the Diet of Finland and granted Finland greater autonomy. Finland was able to create its own currency and established a railway system under Finnish control. He also sanctioned making the Finnish the national language, along with Swedish. The opening ceremony of the Diet was held on 18 September. The highlight of Alexander II's opening speech was a political manifesto by the Emperor. He promised to adjust some of the provisions in the Constitution but did not mention the most important prospect, regular convention of the Diet. Thus the year 1863 can be considered the year in which the Finnish Parliament was actually born. The Estates appointed seven general committees: the Committees for Law, Economy, Finance, Appropriation, Bank, General Appeals, and Proceedings. A combined Law and Economy Committee was established later. In addition to government proposals given by the sovereign, the Estates dealt with petitions to the sovereign regarding specific issues. The Diet concluded on 15 April. The sovereign repeated his promise to convene the Diet after three years.

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