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2 euro FINLAND (2010) 150 Years of Finnish Currency

2 euro 2010 - 150 Years of Finnish Currency - coins of Finland
2 euro 2010 - 150 Years of Finnish Currency - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
25.75 mm 8.5 g 2.22 mm Cu75Ni25/Cu75Zn20Ni5
obverse:
in the coin centre concave contours of Finnish Coat of Arms; on the left with concave digits year of issue 2010; on the right a set of digist symbolising denominations of first Finnish coins; on the bottom: FI (code for Finland in the ISO 3166-2 standard); 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:
I X 2010
withdrawal date:
still in circulation
designer:
Reijo Juhani Paavilainen, Luc Luycx (initials LL below letter 'O' in EURO on the reverse)
mint:
Mint mark Suomen Rahapaja Oy Suomen Rahapaja Oy (The Mint of Finland), Vantaa (mint mark after digit 5 at the right edge of the obverse)
mintage:
2010 1 560 000 mint mark + 15 000 in annual boxed sets
interesting facts:
Russia strategically cared about their territory of the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland. By removing Swedes from Finland in 1808 Russians made virtually impossible any Swedish attack to the nearby capital of Russia - St. Petersburg. Finns have used many rights within the autonomy and reaching for even more they asked Russia for their own currency, which was named markka in the result of a competition. On April 4, 1860, Tsar Alexander II issued a decree introducing Finnish markka equal to 25 kopecks of the Russian Silver Ruble [RUES]. Soon after that, on the money used in Finland, Finnish inscriptions and Finnish heraldic lion appeared for the first time. This Finnish commemorative coin of 2 euro from 2010 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of the decree.

In 2010 the mint in Vantaa changed its name from "Rahapaja Oy" (The Mint) to "Suomen Rahapaja Oy" (The Mint of Finland) and the logo with coins falling from cornucopia was replaced with a heraldic Finnish lion in a disk. The new mint mark was placed for the first time on this coin. On other coins the new logo appeared from 2011.
last update: 12 VIII 2013

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