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5 penniä FINLAND (1977-1990)

5 penniä 1977-1990 - coins of Finland
5 penniä 1977-1990 - obverse to reverse alignment
diameter: weight: thickness: alloy:
18.0 mm 0.8 g 1.45 mm Al
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 centre large face value: 5; along the bottom edge: PENNIÄ; on each of the side a symbol of tied hands
edge:
plain
issue date:
???  no data
withdrawal date:
1 I 1994
designer:
Peippo Uolevi Helle
mint:
Rahapaja Oy (The Mint), Vantaa
mintage:
1977 30 552 000
1978 26 112 000 + 39 745 in annual boxed sets
1979 40 042 000 + 36 000 in annual boxed sets
1980 60 026 000 + 33 805 in annual boxed sets
1981 2 044 000 + 36 100 in annual boxed sets
1982 10 012 000 + 35 500 in annual boxed sets
1983 33 885 000 + 39 350 in annual boxed sets
1984 25 001 000 + 31 100 in annual boxed sets
1985 25 000 000 + 41 445 in annual boxed sets
1986 20 000 000 + 40 180 in annual boxed sets
1987 2 020 000 + 53 680 in annual boxed sets
1988 33 005 000 + 41 090 in annual boxed sets
1989 2 200 000 + 59 582 in annual boxed sets
1990 2 506 000 + 30 900 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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