UNC-quality Figure skating coins are manufactured serially with stamping machines used in the production of circulation coins. The collector coins are packaged in a new kind of paper coin envelope.
This sports coin with a nominal value of five euros depicts figure skating. The obverse of the coin depicts the hands of a basketball player throwing the ball towards the basket. The collector coin's reverse depicts the curve of an athletics stadium, complete with tracks and cheering crowds. All coins in the series will share the same reverse.
This beautiful collector coin is part of the new Sports Coins series, which Mint of Finland will release by decree of the Ministry of Finance in 2015–2016. A total of nine coins paying tribute to different sports are slated for release in the series, with Gymnastics, Basketball, Figure Skating, Volleyball to be launched in 2015 and Ice-Hockey, Skiing, Football, Athletics and Ski Jump in 2016.
The roots of the Figure skating in Finland
Figure skating was first introduced in Finland by the American Jackson Haines in 1875. The first club, Helsingfors Skridskoklubb (HSK), was founded in the same year and it still exists in Helsinki.
The Finnish Skating Association (Finnish Figure Skating Association 1968 onwards), was formed in 1908, when figure skaters and speed skaters were still together under the same association.
Finnish figure skaters gained international success in the early years of the sport. The pair skaters Ludovika and Walter Jakobsson won several World Championship medals during the 1910- and 1920 centuries. They won gold at the Olympics in Antwerpen 1920 and silver in Chamonix 1924.
The Finnish figure skating gained the world’s attention again in late 1970s, when Kristiina Wegelius, Susan Broman and Pekka Leskinen competed at European and World Championships.
Ice dancers Susanna Rahkamo and Petri Kokko won their first championship medal, bronze, at the 1993 Europeans, which was followed by the bronze medal at the 1994 Worlds. They did their breakthrough in 1995 achieving gold at the Europeans and silver at the Worlds.
Figure Skating Today
The official sports of the Finnish Figure Skating Association are singles skating, synchronized skating, ice dancing and pair skating. There are 80 member clubs in Finland with around 5000 active skaters and 10 000 skate school children.
Synchronized skating has increased its popularity since the 90s in Finland. There are more than 150 synchronized skating teams and for several years Finland has been one of the top countries with the teams like IceUnity, Rockettes and Team Unique.
The 2000s has been time of success also in singles skating. Susanna Pöykiö, Kiira Korpi and Laura Lepistö have won several World Championship medals. In 2009 Europeans in Helsinki Laura Lepistö made history when she became the first ever Finn to win gold and Susanna Pöykiö achieved bronze at the same competition. Laura Lepistö was also the first Finnish figure skater to step on the podium at the World Championships by winning the bronze medal in 2010.
|Nominal value||5 €|
|Mintage||10 000 (proof), 50 000 (unc)|