Mint of Finland €5 basketball coin part of set honoring popular games of Finland

Second issue in planned nine-coin commemorative series due for release Aug. 24
By , Coin World
Published : 08/07/15
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The Mint of Finland’s second ringed-bimetallic €5 coin in a nine-coin sport series celebrates basketball. 

The coin is set for release on Aug. 24 and is part of a coin series struck by the Mint of Finland in tribute to the sports loved by Finnish people.

The Sports coin series was launched with a coin for gymnastics, and coins for figure skating and volleyball are also due for release in 2015. 

The obverse of the Basketball coin carries a tight view looking up from directly below the net, as two hands clamor for the ball, the intended target within reach. 

The common reverse features a track, the nation’s name and the year of issue. 

Nora Tapper designed the sport coins. 

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According to the Mint of Finland, Finnish basketball is currently experiencing a boom, largely due to the performances of the men’s national team, Susijengi (Wolf Team). 

The ringed-bimetallic coins have a copper-aluminum-nickel ring and a copper-nickel core.

The €5 coin weighs 9.8 grams and measures 27.25 millimeters in diameter. 

A maximum of 50,000 Uncirculated examples and 10,000 Proof examples are available. 

Proof coins are available individually in special packaging for €22. Uncirculated examples are available at face value in 10-coin lots, or individually in special packaging for €10 each. 

Ordering opens Aug. 10 through the Mint of Finland's online shop.

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