2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coin, proof

If you are a keepsake collector or just looking for the perfect gift, we have good news for you. Ice-hockey enthusiasts around the world got their own coin when Mint of Finland skated right into the thrill of competition by releasing a collector coin to commemorate the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship. Give the following generations something to remember of this year's Championship!

The 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship collector coin captures the exciting standoff and the key moment of the game: when the puck enters the goal. The reverse side of the coin depicts a player with the puck on his stick at the face-off, when the score is still even. The obverse side depicts a puck flying into the goal and the conclusion of the match. The coin is designed by Petri Neuvonen.

The polished, proof-quality collector coin comes packaged in a folder which tells the tale of the coin itself. The collector coin is also offered in UNC quality (circulation grade), in bags of 10 coins each.

The story of ice hockey

Ice hockey world championships have been held since 1920, when the competition was held in Belgium. Before 2012, Finland has hosted the men's Ice Hockey World Championships on six occasions: in 1965, 1974, 1982, 1991, 1997, and 2003.

Finland hosted this year's World Championships with Sweden. The highest position that Finland has reached at home championships is fourth (in 1974 and 2012). The countries that have been crowned world champions in Finland are the Soviet Union, three times; Russia, once; Canada, twice; and Sweden, once.

Nominal value5 €
MetalCuAl6Ni2, CuNi25
Diameter27,25 mm
Weight9,8 g
Year stamp2012
Mintage20 000 (proof), 180 000 (unc)
DesignerPetri Neuvonen
Issue date30.3.2012
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