Finland’s national landscapes symbolise the Finnish character and have a generally recognised significance in Finland’s national culture, history and perception of nature. Mint of Finland will release a base-metal commemorative coin series on Finnish national landscapes. In the summer of 2017, the Finns voted for nine of their most beloved national landscapes to be featured on the coins. The ninth commemorative coin released in the series depicts Olavinlinna Castle and Lake Pihlajavesi, located in Savonlinna. Proof-quality coins are packed in cardboard packages and come with certificates of authenticity.

Issue date: 03.12.2018


Depicts Olavinlinna Castle and Lake Pihlajavesi, located in Savonlinna, with designer's initial (e). The design of the coin is based on a photograph taken by Hannu Vallas.

Olavinlinna (Swedish: Olofsborg; literally Olaf's Castle) is a 15th-century three-tower castle located in Savonlinna, Finland. The castle is built on an island in the Kyrönsalmi strait that connects the lakes Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi. The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 under the name Sankt Olofsborg in an effort to profit from the political turmoil following Ivan III's conquest of the Novgorod Republic. It was sited in Savonia so as to lay claim to the Russian side of the border established by the Treaty of Nöteborg.

Olofsborg withstood several sieges by the Russians during the First and Second Russian-Swedish wars. A brisk trade developed under the umbrella of the castle towards the end of the 16th century, giving birth to the town of Savonlinna, which was chartered in 1639. On 28 July 1714, the garrison capitulated to the invading Russians, and it took them only two days to take the castle in 1743, in the events leading up to the Treaty of Åbo which awarded the entire region to Empress Elizabeth of Russia.

Pihlajavesi is a lake in Finland. The area of the lake is 712.59 square kilometres (275.13 sq mi) making it the sixth largest lake in the country. Pihlajavesi lacks large open lake areas but has more islands than any other lake in Finland.

Engraver: Erkki Vainio



Depicts an image of the map of Finland. The round spot on the map marks the honoured landscape (Savonlinna).

Inscriptions include the state name in two national languages – Finnish (Suomi) and Swedish (Finland), designer's initial (μ) and the Mint of Finland’s company mark (the Lion logo). Denomination in the centre.

Engraver: Mari Metso

5 €


5 Euro

Finnish National Landscapes
Olavinlinna Castle and Lake Pihlajavesi

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Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Copper Aluminum Nickel
Weight 9.8 g
Diameter 27.25 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint of Finland

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