Finnish Euro Coins


Finland was one of the founding members of the Euro zone and started issuing coins in 2002. Some basic facts relating to Finland.




Normal Currency Coins.


Finnish Euro Coins consist of three motifs - one for the "cent coins"(1 cent, 2 cent,5 cent, 10 cent,20 cent and 50 cent) and one each for the one Euro and two Euro coins.


The three motifs to be seen on the Finnish coins are:

  • Heraldic Lion (1 cent to 50 cent) coins.
  • Swans flying over a Finnish landscape - 1 Euro Coin.
  • Fruit and leaves of the Cloudberry (Molteberry) - 2 Euro Coin.

Heraldic Lion.

The heraldic lion has often been the motif on Finnish coins and also appears on the Finnish Coat of Arms.

The lion is shown brandishing one sword while trampling on another (presumably that of the enemy).


Swans.

Two swans are shown flying over a typical Finnish landscape. The Whooper swan is the Finnish national bird.


Molteberry.

Molteberries (Cloud Berries) are depicted on the 2 Euro coin.



The "copper coins" are not much used in Finland, particularly the 1 cent and 2 cent coins. They are only minted as this is a requirement of the European Central Bank. The main reason is that in Finland if one purchases with cash, the final sum is commercially rounded to the nearer 5 cents.

This has resulted in there being relatively few copper coins in circulation and if one buys them from a dealer, they are generally more expensive than most of their counterparts from other Euro countries.




In 2007 at the same time as the new common side was introduced, a revised national side appeared - the changes however were few.

The logo of the Finnish mint now appears between eight and nine o'clock, while FI (signifying Finland) has replaced the initials of the governor of the central bank. It appears at five o'clock.


In 2008 the "national side" was again revised. The logo of the Finnish mint now appears further in - i.e. no longer on the outer ring.

The logo of the Finnish mint was changed in 2010 and this is reflected in coins minted from 2011.





Finnish 1 cent coin



1 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 2 cent coin



2 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 5 cent coin



5 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 10 cent coin



10 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 20 cent coin



20 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 50 cent coin



50 cent - Heraldic Lion.




Finnish 1 Euro €  coin



1 Euro - Swans flying over Finnish landscape.




Finnish 2 Euro € coin



2 Euro - Molteberry (Cloudberry) showing fruit and leaves.





Two Euro Coin Rim

Around the rim of the Two Euro Coin is inscribed "Suomi Finland" (this is Finnland in Finnish and Swedish) as well as three Heraldic Lions.





Finnish Commemorative Two Euro Coins.


Finland is one of the two countries (the other being Luxembourg) to have issued commemorative coins of its own for every year since the commemorative issues started in 2004 and as all of them are attractive, coin collectors have good reason to be grateful to Finland!




Finnish Commemorative Coin 2004

2004 - This represents the 5th enlargement of the European Union. The stylized flower has 10 buds - one for each of the states that joined the EU in 2004.

Date of issue    : 30.06.2004

Issuing Volume : 1 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2005

2005 - 60th anniversary of the grounding of the United Nations as well as the 50th anniversary of Finlands membership of the United Nations.

Date of issue    : 24.10.2005

Issuing Volume : 2 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2006 - enfranchisement of women

2006 - 100th anniversary of the enfranchisement of women in Finland.


Date of issue    : 04.10.2006

Issuing Volume : 2.5 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2007 - Finnish independence

2007 - 90th anniversary of Finnish independence.



Date of issue    : 03.12.2007

Issuing Volume : 2 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2008 - human rights

2008 - 60th anniversary of the declaration of human rights.



Date of issue    : 24.10.2008

Issuing Volume : 1,5 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2009 - Finnish Autonomy

2009 - 200th anniversary of Finnish autonomy.



Date of issue    : 23.10.2009

Issuing Volume : 1,6 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2010

2010 - 150th anniversary of Finland having its own currency.



Date of issue    : 29.10.2010

Issuing Volume : 1,6 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2011 - bank of Finland

2011 - 200th anniversary of the bank of Finland.



Date of issue    : 17.11.2011

Issuing Volume : 1,5 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2012 - Helene Schjerfbeck

2012 - 150 th anniversary of the birth of the painter Helene Schjerfbeck.


Date of issue    : 05.12.2012

Issuing Volume : 2 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2013

2013 - 150th anniversary of the parliament of 1863.



Date of issue    : 04.09.2013

Issuing Volume : 1 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2013 - Frans Eemil Silanpää

2013 - 125 th birthday of Frans Eemil Silanpää.



Date of issue    : 04.11.2013

Issuing Volume : 1.5 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2014 - Toves Janssons

2014 - 100th Birthday of Toves Janssons.



Date of issue    : 16.06.2014

Issuing Volume : 1.5 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2014 - Ilmari Tapiovaara

2014 - 100th Birthday of Ilmari Tapiovaara.To the left of the Inner Ring are the artists name plus birth and death dates. To the right is a furniture segment typical of the artist.

Date of issue    : 11.11.2014

Issuing Volume : 1 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2014 - Sibelius

2015 - 150 th Birthday of the great Finnish composer Sibelius.


Date of issue    : 18.02.2015

Issuing Volume : 1 Million


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2017 - Akseli Gallen-Kallela.

2015 - In honour of Akseli Gallen-Kallela, a famous Finnish painter, architect and designer.


Date of issue    : 22.10.2015

Issuing Volume : 500,000


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2016 - Eino Leino

2016 - 90th anniversary of the death of Eino Leino,a famous Finnish author.


Date of issue    : 25.04.2016

Issuing Volume : 1,000,000


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2016 - Henrik von Wright.

2016 - 100th anniversary of the birth of Henrik von Wright, a Finnish philosopher and logician.


Date of issue    : 15.09.2016

Issuing Volume : 1,000,000


2017 - The coin is commemorates the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.


Date of issue    : 01.06.2017

Issuing Volume : 2,500,000


Finnish Commemorative Coin 2017.

2017 - The coin is dedicated to nature and is here represented by a crane in a Finnish forest.


Date of issue    : 23.10.2017

Issuing Volume : 500,000


2017 - Koli National Park.


Date of issue    : 28.05.2017

Issuing Volume : 1,000,000




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