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. In 2013, Sweden will have the main responsibility for organizing the tournament but some of the games will be played in Finland.
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 value||5 €|
|Mintage||20 000 (proof), 180 000 (unc)|