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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Euro: Finland cents

Finland 5 cent, 2001
finland 5 cent 2001
Finland 10 cent, 1999
finland 10 cent 1999
Finland 20 cent, 2002
finland 20 cent 2002
Finland 50 cent, 2000
finland 50 cent 2000It is noteworthy that the Finland 1 cent and 2 cent were discontinued from mintage a few years back, so they are now scarce and sell for a couple of euros in Finland itself.

Finland coat of arms
finland coat of armsThe coat of arms of Finland is a crowned lion on a red field, the right forepaw replaced with an armoured hand brandishing a sword, trampling on a saber with the hindpaws. The coat of arms was originally created around the year 1580.

When John III assumed the title of "Grand Duke of Finland and Karelia", soon shortened to Grand Duke of Finland in 1577 (or soon thereafter), the lion became closely associated with Finland through the grand-ducal coats of arms . The grand-ducal coat of arms is thought to have resulted out of a combination of the Göta lion (originating from the Folkunga lion) and the arms of Karelia. The result was that the lion brandishes one weapon and treads on another.

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