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: 06.07.2015
Engraver: Nora Tapper

Obverse

The legs of a gymnast and the key elements of the sport, such as a beam and a gymnastic ribbont.

Various sports began to gain a wider foothold in Finland towards the end of the 19th century. At that time, gymnastics was one of the most popular sports alongside shooting, sailing, skating and skiing.

In Finland, gymnastics is practised at both recreational and competitive levels. Finland has achieved a total of 25 Olympic medals in the sport: 8 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze. The most recent medal was the silver won by Olli Laiho in 1968. The most recent international medals won by Finnish gymnasts are the horizontal bar world championship of Jani Tanskanen from 1997, the horizontal bar silver medal of Jari Mönkkönen from the European Championships of 1998 and Tomi Tuuha's European championship in vault in 2010.

The official competitive disciplines currently recognised by the Finnish Gymnastics Federation are artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, aesthetic group gymnastics, aerobic gymnastics, TeamGym, trampolining and acrobatic gymnastics. All forms of gymnastics are constantly increasing in popularity in Finland, with the number of amateur gymnasts estimated at 600,000, of which approximately 150,000 are active in sports clubs.

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
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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