World Coins

Mint of Finland €5 basketball coin in set honors games of Finland

The second noncirculating collector coin in the Mint of Finland’s Sport series of €5 coins celebrates basketball. The coin, part of a nine-coin series, is being released Aug. 24.

Images courtesy of the Mint of Finland.

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. 

RELATED: Read about the first coin in the Finnish sports series

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.

Want to learn about more coins from Finland? Check out these Coin World stories!

Finland concludes Animals of the Provinces series with collector coin for Tavastia

Finland’s new Provincial Animals coin gets right to the point

Finland celebrates fox on coin showcasing southwestern province

Finland honors white-tailed eagle on new ringed bimetallic €5 coin

Community Comments