The collector coin of Finland Proper will be released on 29 September as part of the coin series paying tribute to the emblematic animals of Finland's provinces. The provincial coin, with a nominal value of five euros, depicts the fox with Turku Castle in the background. The collector coin's reverse bears the historic coat of arms of Finland Proper.
This Finland Proper collector coin 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.
This five-euro coin is the third provincial coin released for Finland Proper. The first coin, struck by Mint of Finland in 2010, commemorated the province's tradition of high-quality wood carving with a depiction of the Rusko tankard. For the Provincial Buildings series, Finland Proper received a coin commemorating Turku Cathedral in 2013.
”Provincial coins have made Finnish people look at their coins more closely and think about the stories they tell. The collector coins of Finland Proper preserve a piece of the province's cultural heritage and relate the province's values from one generation to the next,” says Mint of Finland Communications Director Henna Karjalainen.
Previously released in the series were the coins of Karelia and Savonia on 27 May, followed by the provincial coin for Åland on 18 August. The series' remaining five collector coins, for the provinces of Satakunta, Ostrobothnia, Uusimaa, Lapland and Häme, are planned for release 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 Finland Proper
The maximum mintages of these base metal Finland Proper 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.
The provincial coins of Finland Proper will be available to order on 29 August from the Mint of Finland online shop and the mint's retailers.
For more information, please contact:
Communications and Marketing Designer
Mint of Finland
+358 400 211 066
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