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: 06.07.2016
Engraver: Nora Tapper

Obverse

Depicts a javelin thrower and an arm slinging a discus.

The sport of athletics has historically been an important part of both Finnish sports history and national identity. Hannes Kolehmainen has been said to "run Finland onto the world map" at the 1912 Summer Olympics, and from the 1920 Summer Olympics to World War II Finland was the second most successful country in athletics, as only the United States managed to collect more Olympic medals. Javelin throw is the only event in which Finland has enjoyed success all the way from the 1900s to this day. Thus, it is currently the most popular athletics event in Finland.

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
2016
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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