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2006 Finland €10 Silver BU "Parliamentary Reform"

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Item Number: FI06AGBU2
  • Mint: Mint of Finland
  • Denomination: €10
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: 10,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: 92.5% Sterling Silver
  • Diameter: 38.6 mm
  • Weight: 25.5 grams
  • Design: Pertti Mkinen
  • Box/Capsule: No/Yes
  • Certificate: Yes
This issue celebrates the centennial of the parliamentary reform that brought universal and equal suffrage to Finland as the first country in Europe.

Between 1809 and 1917 Finland was an autonomous Grand Duchy in the Russian Empire. The Diet at that time was based on the four estates, and only a limited part of the population was entitled to vote. The political unrest that had spread from Russia to Finland in the early 20th Century, and the ensuing general strike, proved to be events that set off a radical parliamentary reform. In 1906 the Diet of the four estates was replaced by a unicameral parliament, "Eduskunta", at that time the most democratic one in Europe. Finland adopted universal and equal suffrage, and women also became eligible in State elections.

The obverse shows the silhouette of a woman's and a man's hands, and below the hands ballots being inserted in a ballot-box. The portraits on the reverse symbolize the equality of genders, as does the fact that the pictorial subjects on both sides are equal in respect to the center of the coin.

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