Commemorative coins

Markka-denominated commemorative coins were issued in Finland from 1952 onwards, at first fairly rarely, but later on almost every year.

Commemorative coins issued before 1967 were redeemed until 31 December 2003.

The Bank of Finland redeemed commemorative coins issued 1967–1985 until 31 December 2007 and coins issued after 1985 until 29 February 2012.



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Commemorative coins issued 1967-1985 31 December 2007


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The coin issued in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of Finnish independence has been regarded as one of the most beautiful commemorative coins of modern times.


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The coin issued in 1970 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of J.K. Paasikivi was the first Finnish commemorative coin to carry a portrait.


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European Athletics Championships (1971).


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The coin issued in 1975 in honour of President Urho Kekkonen's 75th birthday was the first Finnish coin to carry a portrait of a living person.


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60th anniversary of Finnish independence (1977).




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World Ski Championships in Lahti (1978), the City of Turku's 750th anniversary (1979) and the 25th year of Urho Kekkonen's presidency (1981). By 1978, the face values of Finnish commemorative coins had risen to 25 markkaa; later they rose to 50 markkaa.


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World Championships in ice hockey (1982) and athletics (1983).

The Kalevala coin (1985) was the first Finnish commemorative coin issued in the area of culture.

Coins issued after 1985 29 February 2012


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World Ski Championships in Lahti (1989). For the first time, a woman athlete was the pictorial motif of a Finnish coin. The face values of Finnish commemorative coins had now risen to 100 markkaa.

 
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Both the coins issued to mark the 100th anniversary of the Ateneum Art Museum (1989) and the 50th anniversary of the Disabled War Veterans Association of Finland (1989) were designed by Reijo Paavilainen.



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The coin issued to mark the 350th anniversary of the University of Helsinki (1990) was inspired by the numismatic art of ancient Athens, while the coin issued to mark the World Ice Hockey Championships (1991) foreshadowed the smooth-surfaced coins of the future.


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70 years of provincial autonomy for the Åland Islands (1991).

The inclusion on the coin of the country's name in Finnish was not universally welcomed.Ahvenanmaan itsehallinto 70 vuotta 1991.



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The coin issued to mark the 75th anniversary of Finnish independence (1992) shows forest scenery and shimmering water.

The silver coin had the denomination of 100 markkaa and the gold coin 1,000 markkaa.



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A follow-up to the coin issued to mark the European Athletic Championships in 1971 was issued in 1994.

Up until this time, Finnish commemorative coins had only carried portraits of heads of state. A new tradition was introduced in 1995 with the coin in honour of A.I. Virtanen 1895–1995.Yleisurheilun EM-kisojen raha vuodelta 1971 sai seuraajan 1994.



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Two coins were issued in 1995 to commemorate 50 years of peace and the United Nations. A US publisher engaged in the collecting industry awarded the UN coin no less than three prizes.



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A regular 10 markka coin, including special editions in silver and gold, was issued to celebrate Finland's accession to the European Union in 1995.



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One of Helene Schjerfbeck's famous self-portraits was imprinted on the coin issued in honour of the painter (1995). Paavo Nurmi's renowned record run for the mile in 1923 is depicted on the obverse of the coin issued in his honour (1997).



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Two coins were issued to mark the 80th anniversary of Finnish independence (1997).



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A banknote of 1986 carries the portrait of Alvar Aalto, but the coin issued to commemorate his birth (1998) did not depict the architect himself.

Architecture was also the motif of the coin issued in the same year to mark the 250th anniversary of the Suomenlinna sea fortress.






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Finland's presidency of the European Union was commemorated by coins (1999) similar to those issued to mark Finland's accession to the European Union in 1995.

Two coins in honour of Jean Sibelius were also issued in 1999.

  
  
  
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In 2000 three commemorative coins were issued on the following themes: the third Christian millennium, the 450th anniversary of Helsinki and Aleksis Kivi.

  
  
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The coin issued to mark the World Ski Championships in Lahti (2001) was inspired by the Kalevala. A commemorative coin issued later that year in honour of Aino Ackté and operatic art was the last in the silver coin series denominated in Finnish markkaa.

  
  
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The coins issued in 2001 to commemorate the Finnish markka reflect how the commemorative coin tradition has changed: in 1960, the commemorative coin marking the 100th anniversary of the Finnish markka could be purchased at face value (1,000 old markkaa).