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  • 5 Euro 2007, KM# 135, Finland, Republic, 90th Anniversary of Independence of Finland
  • 5 Euro 2007, KM# 135, Finland, Republic, 90th Anniversary of Independence of Finland

In 2007 Finland celebrated the 90th anniversary of its independence. After the 1917 February Revolution, the position of Finland as part of the Russian Empire was questioned. Since the head of state was the tsar of Russia, it was not clear who the chief executive of Finland was after the revolution. After the abdication of Grand Duke Nicholas II on 2 March (15 March N.S.) 1917, the personal union between Russia and Finland lost its legal base – at least according to the view in Helsinki. There were negotiations between the Russian Provisional Government and Finnish authorities.

On 2 November (15 November N.S.) 1917, Vladimir Lenin declared a general right of self-determination, including the right of complete secession, "for the Peoples of Russia". On the same day the Finnish Parliament issued a declaration by which it assumed, pro tempore, all powers of the Sovereign in Finland.

Engraver: Reijo Juhani Paavilainen


Depicts the abstract pattern that resembles the petroglyphs. The different parts of the figure are all connected to each other, like a message moving from one to the other. One can also distinguish the Finnish landscape, such as the Saimaa or Turku archipelago.

The engraver's initial (P) is on top of the date of the issue.



Depicts a nine-oar boat with rowers, symbolizing the whole period of Finland's independence at once: nine rowers and nine pairs of oar refer to the nine decades of independence. One can also distinguish the strings of the Finnish instrument Kantele, from the image.

Cornucopia (logo of the Mint of Finland) on the right.




Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Bi-Metallic
Ring Cupronickel
Center Brass
Weight 19.81 g
Diameter 35 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint of Finland

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