The Mint of Finland have announced (30th March) that a new commemorative coin will be issued to mark the upcoming Ice Hockey Championships due to begin on the 4th May until the 20th. With Ice Hockey being one of the country’s (and region’s) most popular sports, leading teams from Helsinki and Stockholm will compete for the International Ice Hockey Federation’s top honor in Finland’s capital.
The Mint of Finland is enthusiastically awaiting the start of the Ice Hockey World Championship. Championship fever will start in advance on 5th April in Kamppi, when the Mint of Finland will pre-release the Ice Hockey World Championship collector coins ahead of their official issue date of the 13th April. During this advance marketing event, collectors can buy the ice hockey coin for five euros in circulation grade quality (without packaging) and the FDC quality version of the coin packed in a folder telling the story of the coin.
The obverse of the coin is designed by Architect Petri Neuvonen and depicts a puck flying into the goal. The text “HELSINKI STOCKHOLM” and the year “2012” appear around the primary design. The reverse, also the work of Petri Neuvonen, depicts a player with the puck at a face-off, in anticipation of a tie-breaking goal. The text “SUOMI FINLAND” and the coin’s face value of “5 EURO” appear along the primary design.
Produced in bi-metallic form, the coin has an outer of aluminium-bronze with an inner disc of copper-nickel. The weight is 9.8 grams with a diameter of 27.5 mm. A total of 180,000 pieces has been authorized in total as circulation quality. A further 20,000 pieces has been authorized in proof quality, and 100,000 pieces will be available as FDC strikes in presentation folders.
In previous decades, Mint of Finland has released collector coins for the Ice Hockey World Championships in 2003, 1991 and 1982. For more information on this and other coins produced by the Mint of Finland, please visit their website at: http://www.suomenrahapaja.fi/eng/the-mint-of-finland/promotional-material/the-collector-coin-committee-informs/the-ice-hockey-crowd-receives-a-collector-coin2