On 18 August, Åland will receive a collector coin paying tribute to its provincial animal. This provincial coin with a nominal value of five euros depicts the white-tailed eagle in its nest. The collector coin's reverse bears the historic coat of arms of Åland.
The collector coin being launched is the third to honour Åland. The first collector coin launched by Mint of Finland in Åland in 2011 paid tribute to fishing, the traditional local means of sustenance and livelihood. For the Provincial buildings series, Åland received a coin commemorating the Sälskär lighthouse in 2013.
”In addition to collectors, these provincial coins interest the residents and admirers of Åland, as well as tourists who have visited the islands. Åland's own collector coin is a souvenir that reflects the province's culture and values,” says Mint of Finland CEO Paul Gustafsson.
The collector coin paying tribute to the white-tailed eagle is part of a series of coins minted by Mint of Finland by decision of the Ministry of Finance. The series honours the emblematic animals of Finland's historical provinces. In addition to the Åland islands, provincial animal coins will be struck in honour of Finland Proper, Satakunta, Ostrobothnia, Uusimaa, Lapland, Tavastia and Savonia.
The coins of Karelia and Savonia were launched on 27 May. The collector coin for Finland Proper will be released in September 2014, with the five remaining coins being slated for launch in 2015.
The decree of the Ministry of Finance on the provincial animal coins is available here (in Finnish) http://finlex.fi/fi/laki/alkup/2014/20140363
A total of 10,000 proof and 35,000 UNC quality coins will be struck for Åland
The maximum mintages of these base metal provincial animal coins with a nominal value of EUR 5 will be 35,000 UNC quality and 10,000 proof quality coins. Collector coins have a diameter of 27.25 millimetres and weigh 9.8 grams. The obverse side of the provincial animal coin is designed by Erkki Vainio and the reverse by Nora Tapper.
Proof-quality, finished collector coins are packaged in a protective transparent casing set in a package that tells the coin's story. The price of a proof-quality collector coin is EUR 22. Five hundred of each UNC-quality collector coin will be wrapped in numbered certificates of authenticity and sold at a price of EUR 10 each. Provincial coins can be purchased for their nominal value in purses of ten, costing EUR 50.
Åland's white-tailed eagle coins will be available to order on 18 August from the Mint of Finland online shop and the mint's retailers.
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Mint of Finland Group designs, markets and manufactures metal coins, blanks, and collector and gift coins along with coin sets. Mint of Finland Group is the strongest mint in the Eurozone as well as one of the biggest exporters of coins worldwide. The company is owned by the Republic of Finland. Saxonia Mint of Finland is a subsidiary of Mint of Finland. You can see how coins are produced at the About a Coin exhibition at the Heureka Science Centre. For more information about the 2014 events, please visit www.mint.fi
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