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2 euro FINLAND (2009) 200th Anniversary of Finnish Autonomy

2 euro 2009 - 200th Anniversary of Finnish Autonomy - coins of Finland
2 euro 2009 - 200th Anniversary of Finnish Autonomy - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the centre a stylised gable of the facade of the Porvoo cathedral; on the right year of issue 2009; on the left: FI (code for Finland in the ISO 3166-2 standard); along the top edge date 1809; 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 map of Europe; 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 X 2009
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Reijo Juhani Paavilainen, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark of Rahapaja Oy Rahapaja Oy (The Mint), Vantaa (mint mark above FI on the obverse)
mintage:
2009 1 555 000 mint mark + 20 000 in annual boxed sets
interesting facts:
One of the theatres of the Napoleonic Wars was the Finnish War between Sweden and Russia. Tsar Alexander I at the end of 1808 years conquered the whole Finland and cleaned it from the Swedish army. Finnish assembly of Four Estates (acting as parliament by the Swedish legislation) swore allegiance to Russia in the cathedral of Porvoo on March 28, 1809. Tsar accepted the homage and formed on Finnish lands the Grand Duchy of Finland with a very high degree of autonomy within Russia. Thus, after 560 years of Swedish government Finland was granted a partial independence. Finnish commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2009 commemorates the 200th anniversary of the assembly in Porvoo.

Today's view to the cathedral in Porvoo.

cathedral in Porvoo
last update: 12 VIII 2013

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