Mint of Finland will present the world champions with freshly minted Ice Hockey collector coins, released on 14 January in tribute to ice hockey. The collector coin is part of the coin series struck by Mint of Finland by decision of the Ministry of Finance to pay homage to the sports close to the hearts of Finnish people. The nominal value of the collector coins is confirmed as five euros in a decree of the Ministry of Finance.
A total of nine collector coins paying tribute to different sports will be released in the Sports Coins series. The coin minted in honour of ice hockey is the fifth in the series. The remaining four coins in the series will be launched in 2016.
Read the Decree of the Ministry of Finance on the sports coins here (in Finnish)
The Ice Hockey collector coin was part of the IIHF World Junior Championship tournament
Fans travelling to see the IIHF World Junior Championships had the unique opportunity of acquiring the freshly minted Ice Hockey collector coin from Mint of Finland's sales stand in the Hartwall Arena before the start of the actual advance order period. According to Communications Director Henna Karjalainen of Mint of Finland, many fans also took advantage of this opportunity to purchase the ice hockey coin, packaged in an envelope bearing the tournament logo, as a memento or lucky coin. ”It was great to see the tournament atmosphere in person and be able to follow the unbelievable journey and success of the Young Lions,” says Karjalainen.
The maximum mintages of the collector coin will be 50,000 UNC-quality coins and 10,000 proof-quality coins. The coin has a diameter of 27.25 millimetres and weighs 9.8 grammes. The Sports Coins are designed by Nora Tapper.
Proof-quality, individually finished collector coins are packaged in a protective transparent casing set in a package bearing the IIHF World Junior Championships logo. The price of a proof-quality collector coin is EUR 22.
UNC-quality collector coins will be sold in paper coin envelopes bearing the tournament logo for EUR 10 each. The UNC-coins are also available in boxes of ten coins for EUR 62.
The Mint of Finland online shop will accept advance orders for the Ice Hockey collector coins from 7 January. After the release date of 14 January, the coin will be available from the online shop and Mint of Finland's retailers.
For more information, please contact:
Digital Marketing and CSR Specialist
Mint of Finland
+358 40 660 5900
Mint of Finland Group designs, markets and manufactures coins, blanks and collector coins. Mint of Finland Group is the strongest mint in the euro zone and one of the largest global exporters of coins. The company is owned by the Republic 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 2016 events, please visit www.mint.fi
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