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5 penniä FINLAND (1963-1977)

5 penniä 1963-1977 - coins of Finland
5 penniä 1963-1977 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
18.5 mm 2.6 g 1.45 mm Cu
obverse:
in the coin centre four interlinked loops (St. John cross); along the top edge: • SUOMEN TASAVALTA • (Republic of Finland in Finnish); along the bottom edge year of issue
reverse:
in the coin centre large face value: 5; along the bottom edge: PENNIÄ; on each of the side a symbol of tied hands
edge:
plain
issue date:
1 I 1963
withdrawal date:
1 I 1994
designer:
Peippo Uolevi Helle
mint:
Rahapaja Oy (The Mint), Vantaa
mintage:
1963 60 320 000
1964 4 634 000
1965 10 264 000
1966 8 064 000
1967 9 968 000
1968 6 144 000
1969 3 598 000
1970 13 772 000
1971 20 010 000
1972 24 122 000
1973 25 644 000 + 20 007 in annual boxed sets
1974 21 530 000 + 79 258 in annual boxed sets
1975 25 010 000 + 58 820 in annual boxed sets
1976 25 551 000 + 45 263 in annual boxed sets
1977 1 489 000 + 40 392 in annual boxed sets
interesting facts:
The four interlinked loops shown on the coin obverse called the arms or the cross of St. John, sometimes the Bowen node. This symbol is probably a magical Viking sign, which symbolizes strength and prosperity. Finns perceive it as a symbol of happiness and have painted it for hundreds of years on the house doors and tools. It seems that the interpretation of the sign as infinity and eternity is equally correct. Today, in the countries of northern Europe, it is a sign indicating the important monument of culture.

The grave stone from Havor near Hablingo (Gotland) dated to AD 400-600.

Grave stone from Havor
photo: Raymond Hejdström
last update: 12 VIII 2013

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