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2 euro FINLAND (2004) Enlargement of the EU

2 euro 2004 Enlargement of the EU - coins of Finland
2 euro 2004 Enlargement of the EU - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the coin centre drawn with one line a stylised shoot with ten leaves growing from a simplified Ionic column; on a column letters: EU (EUROOPAN UNIONI in Finnish or EUROPEISKA UNIONEN in Swedish - European Union); along the top edge year of issue 2004; at the edge a ring of twelve five-pointed stars - symbol of the European Union
reverse:
left from the coin centre face value 2, on the right inscription: EURO; in the background of the inscription a simplified map of Europe showing borders of countries - members of the EU in 1999; in the background of the map vertically six parallel lines ending on both sides with five-pointed stars (the reverse is common for all euro coins)
edge:
reeded with concave inscription:
edge of 2 euro Finnish coins
(Finland in Finnish and Swedish as well as three lion heads)
issue date:
1 VII 2004
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Pertti Mäkinen (initial M below the lower right leaf on the obverse), Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Rahapaja Oy (The Mint), Vantaa (below the lower right leaf on the obverse initial M of the mint director Makkonen)
mintage:
2004 931 400 M + 54 000 in annual boxed sets
+ 9 600 in commemorative sets
mint marks:
On Finnish coins produced after 1945 the following initials of directors of the Finnish Mint can be found:

S - Isak Gustaf Sundell (in years 1912 - 1947)
L - Vesa Uolevi Liuhto (1948)
H - Peippo Uolevi Helle (1948 - 1958)
S - Allan Alarik Soiniemi (1958 - 1975)
K - Timo Kauko Koivuranta (1976 -1983)
N - Reino Tapio Nevalainen (1983 - 1987)
M - Reino Tapio Makkonen (1987 - 2006)


On the Finnish commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2006 the obverse designer - Pertti Mäkinen placed his own initial next to the initial of mint's director Reino Tapio Makkonen. Hence two letters 'M' on the obverse.
interesting facts:
On May 1, 2004, there was the fourth and biggest ever enlargement of the European Union. Into its structures joined 10 countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. Therefore, the obverse designer commemorating this event drew a plant with ten leaves symbolizing the ten new member states.
last update: 12 VIII 2013

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