Sports and animals feature prominently in 2015 collector coins from
the Mint of Finland.
According to the Mint of Finland, the 2015 coin program will include
design themes celebrating figure skating, gymnastics, basketball and volleyball.
Other coins in the 2015 program include the ongoing series of
provincial animals, which this year will showcase the provincial
animals of Satakunta, Lapland, Uusimaa, Ostrobothnia and Tavastia.
The Mint of Finland said themes for 2015 collector coins were
developed after completing a market survey in 2014, so that the
Finnish people are able to influence the themes of the collector coins
the Mint issues.
The provincial €5 coins are ringed-bimetallic coins, with
copper-aluminum-nickel rings surrounding a copper-nickel core.
The newest provincial €5 coin, for Satakunta, shows a beaver on the
obverse and the historic coat of arms of Satakunta on the reverse.
A provincial €5 coin for Lapland is scheduled for release in March,
and Uusimaa will be honored with a coin in April.
The final provincial coin for 2015, scheduled for release in June,
will honor Tavastia.
In its sports series, the Mint of Finland is celebrating sports
familiar and beloved in Finland, according to Mint of Finland
Communications Director Henna Karjalainen.
Four base-metal €5 coins in the series will be released, one per
month, from July through October.
The first subject is gymnastics, with basketball and figure skating
to follow in succession. The final sport coin will celebrate volleyball.
Another highlight of the 2015 program is the Proof silver €10 coin
due for release in May to mark 70 Years of Peace in Europe. That coin
is part of the joint Europa star program among several European mints.
The preliminary release schedule for 2015 is posted in its entirety
at a special page on the Mint of Finland web site.