New Finland €5 Provincial Coin

 

The Uusimaa provincial coin – to be launched on June 20 – evokes memories of the times of early industry in Finland. The Uusimaa provincial coin takes you back in time, to when many Finns lived in industrial environment.

In the 12th century, the people of Uusimaa were still mostly travelling hunters, but the region was discovered by more and more people in the following centuries. People moved to Uusimaa especially from the Southwest Finland and Sweden.

In fact, the province was even named after the settlers. The name Uusimaa is spelled in the Swedish form ‘ny land’ (‘new land’) already in documents dating back to the 14th century. It was recorded in the Finnish form ‘Wsimaa’ for the first time by Mikael Agricola in 1548 in the preface of his translation of the New Testament.

The reverse side of the Uusimaa provincial coin depicts the coat of arms of the Uusimaa historical province.

The industrial environment

The Uusimaa provincial coin evokes memories of early industry in Finland. In the 16th and 17th century, industrial environments that formed small towns became common in the Uusimaa region.

Iron production was the main industry in these areas and local communities were nearly self-sufficient, with churches and schools for the inhabitants.

As a reminder of the everyday life of the past, the obverse side of the coin depicts a saw and two wheels.

 

 

Nominal value 5 €
Metal Aluminium bronze (CuAlNi), copper-nickel (CuNi)
Diameter 27,25 mm
Weight 9,8 g
Mintage 20 000 (proof max), 100 000 (unc)
Quality Proof, unc
Designer Nora Tapper
Year stamp 2011
Issue date 20.6.2011

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