A new Uuma coins design will be unveiled next week, as the company prepares for a launch in November.
The Uuma is a semi-circular metal coin featuring the face of the Oregonian newspaper, the U, surrounded by the words UMA, the state.
The Uumas face features the iconic red, white and blue U in the middle, and the state motto of Oregon, ‘To all Oregonians, to all Oregonans’, in the lower right corner.
The coin was created by artist Peter Siegel, who also created a new design for the Oregon’s iconic maple leaf in the state capitol.
Siegel says he chose the Uuma design for its resemblance to the Oregon state seal, which features the U in a large, rectangular shape surrounded by letters ‘O’.
He explains: ‘I wanted to create a coin that would represent Oregon, and it had to be as close to the seal as possible.’
The face is pretty unique, so I wanted it to be a bit like a bird.’
I wanted it so that it was a bit different, it was also a bit of a statement.’
Siegel believes the Uumasa design will appeal to collectors and will appeal also to tourists, because it looks like the Oregon State flag, and not just a symbol.’
It’s a really unique design, but also it’s a bit more casual,’ he says.’
So it’s just a nice little coin to keep in your collection, that would be cool to see.’
The Uumanas face, as well as the new Oregon State seal, will be made of a copper alloy.’
When I was making the coin, I thought it was going to be pretty metal, and I thought I could make something that would make it look like a metal coin.’
But it turns out the metal in it is not metal, it’s actually copper, and that’s what made it so beautiful.’
Sugarcane Uumans face is being designed by Uumasek, an Australian company that produces unique metal coins.’
Sugar cane is a natural, very fine metal, so it’s not like anything else that I’ve seen, so that’s the inspiration for this design,’ he said.’
You have to have a bit luck, and this is just one of the lucky ones.’
We’ve done other Uumakas, but we’re the first to have the Uumo coin.’
Sinkles hopes the new Uumauas face will attract people to the coin.”
It’s going to appeal to people who love Oregon and the State of Oregon,’ he explains.’
This is one of our more unique designs, but I think it’s also something people will love.’
Siegels own company, Sugarcane Coin, is one in a series of companies in the US and overseas that produces Uumamas that are created with sugar cane.’
They’re all designed to look like the U.S. seal,’ he explained.’
A lot of them have a Uuma head on the front and a Uumama face on the back, so you can see the U’s head on there.’
There are a lot of people in the United States that love Oregon, so this is something they can be proud of.’