Finland is issuing a 1-mark gold coin in commemoration of its changeover to the euro. Germany and the Netherlands also issued a German Deutschmark and a Dutch guilder to note the occasion, but their coins were traditional in style and were issued in regular uncirculated strikes.
The Finnish design is in modern style. On the obverse is the lion as it appears on Finland's coat-of arms. "Suomi" is Finnish for Finland. A stylized tree and roots are depicted on the reverse.
The coin will be struck in proof quality.
The 18-karat coin (.750 fine) weighs 8.64 grams and measures 22 millimeters in diameter. Mintage is limited to 55,000, and only 5,000 coins have been set aside for export.
The coins may be reserved on a first-come first-served basis for $254.50 each plus $4.50 per order for insured shipping and handling. Major credit cards are accepted.
To order or for more information on these and other coins of Finland, contact the Mint of Finland's North American representative, the Coin and Currency Institute, P.O. Box 1057, Clifton, NJ 07014: toll-free 1-800-421-1866; fax 973-471-1062; e-mail mailcoin-currency.com.
The coins can be seen on the Web at www.coin-currency.com.