• 10 Markkaa 1995, KM# 82, Finland, Republic, Finland's EU Membership
  • 10 Markkaa 1995, KM# 82, Finland, Republic, Finland's EU Membership
Description

The 1995 enlargement of the European Union saw Austria, Finland, and Sweden accede to the European Union (EU). This was the EU's fourth enlargement and came into effect on 1 January of that year. All these states were previous members of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and had traditionally been less interested in joining the EU than other European countries.

Each country held referendums on entry resulting on entry. Finland - 56.9% in favour (October 16); application submitted in March 1992 (separate referendum held in Åland).

Engraver: Antti Neuvonen, Pertti Mäkinen

Obverse

Depicts a whooper swan flying left surrounded by the 12 stars of Europe, the state name in two official languages (Finnish on the left and Swedish on the right) below, date and abbreviation "EU" above.

The whooper swan (Cygnus cygnus) is the national bird of Finland. The whooper swan, also as the common swan, is a large Northern Hemisphere swan. Swans are among the largest flying birds. The largest species can reach a length of over 1.5 m (59 in) and weigh over 15 kg (33 lb).

EU 1995
SUOMI FINLAND

Reverse

Depicts rowan tree branches and berries, value in Finnish (first) and Swedish (second).

Initial of the Mint of Finland's director (M, Raimo Tapio Makkonen, 1987–2008) below the branches.

10
M
MARKKAA MARK

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Brass
Weight 8.8 g
Diameter 27.25 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Mint of Finland

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