Description

This coin is part of the Sports Coins series which Mint of Finland released by decree of the Ministry of Finance in 2015–2016. A total of nine coins paying tribute to different sports was released in the series, with Gymnastics, Basketball, Figure Skating and Volleyball launched in 2015 and Ice Hockey, Skiing, Football, Athletics and Ski Jumping in 2016.

Issue date: 24.08.2015
Engraver: Nora Tapper

Obverse

The hands of a basketball player throwing the ball towards the basket.

Basketball has been played in Finland since the 1930s. The Finnish Basketball Association was founded in 1939, and Finland joined the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the same year.

In 2000, Hanno Möttölä became the first Finnish player to play in the NBA, the professional basketball league of North America and the most highly regarded basketball league in the world.

Finnish basketball is currently experiencing a boom, largely due to the good performances of the men's national team, dubbed the Susijengi (Wolf Team).

Reverse

Depicts the curve of an athletics stadium, complete with tracks and cheering crowds. The logo of the Mint of Finland (Lion) below the date.

SUOMI FINLAND
2015
T
5 EURO

Edge

5 Euro

KM# 237 Schön# 237
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Copper Aluminum Nickel
Center Cupronickel
Weight 9.8 g
Diameter 27.25 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Mint of Finland

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