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Sir Sisu

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  1. As for the Bernardo O'Higgins medal, this is the only page of substance that I have been able to find: http://medallaschile.blogspot.fi/2011/08/bernardo-ohiggins-riquelme.html It is shown as medal #5, but besides the name of the artist, it doesn't offer that much more. I do know it was struck at the Santiago mint as the medal has the "o" over "S" mintmark.
  2. Thanks for this. I guess no strike figures are kept (or publicized) for such items? As for the value, I'm realistic. Anyhow, I paid €28 for the entire lot of about 20 medals. The value of two of the Finn medals alone already 'covered' the cost, so if it is worth only $10 I'm ahead.
  3. BTW: the Chile medal is 2 and 3/4 inches in diameter, whereas the World Fair is 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  4. I recently purchased a random lot of medals relatively cheaply (majority were Finnish). There were two that were from elsewhere: one from Chile and one from the US? Just curious if anyone would have more detailed info about either of these: year struck, amount made, occasion, what org commisioned, etc. (Of course the latter was for the World Fair.) They are not my area of collecting, but when I can get medals on the cheap, it's a neat distraction from my normal collecting.
  5. Wow, I've missed some big changes! Any chance for a belated honorable mention?
  6. At 180 000 mintage is relatively plentiful for Finland. However, the last 5€ hockey coin was issued at face value and now carries a fair premium. Not sure if the coins got 'lost' in the hands of visitors to the games or what happened to make them a bit more valuable. And of course there are the Euro collectors at large. 100 000 will be sold in 'booklets'.
  7. The Championship tournament is being held in Helsinki and Stockholm (with the semifinal and final to be played in Helsinki) this year, and a 5€ coin is being released both as Unc and Proof. The Unc piece will be issued at face value.
  8. The coin itself was put primarily into its own historical context. Samlerhuset (the company that now owns the mint of Finland) sponsored this tour (of course in cooperation with the Smithsonian) to increase the publicity of coin collecting and such - a subtle marketing. ;-) It seems that Samlerhuset has done similar tours in the past. (see "Exhibitions" under http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samlerhuset)
  9. Or just a great marketing event. I went to see this coin (and some other US gold coins) at the Finnish National Museum today. It's here for only three days before moving on. http://www.doubleeagle.fi/
  10. I can't say what will happen in other countries, but in Finland the last circulating series of coins are in two clear categories: massive mintage figures for the first few years after release - these are of little value and probably will remain so here. The later years had nominal mintage figures and those were already of relative high value even before the switch to the euro. At this point I don't think there will be a considerable increase as the collector market here is relatively small and most new collectors focus on just trying to keep up with the euros. As for the redeemed coins, the Finnish mint also makes coins for other countires and has often recylced the redeemed coins for new minting. So I think the majority of the invalidated coins will be reused in some way. Not sure about other countires however.
  11. I have extras that I've kept in addition to what's in my collection proper. I also have a couple of mint rolls of the lower denominations so I'm good with samples. I'm just getting rid of the loads of loose circulated stuff of little value.
  12. The last date to convert the last circulating series of markkaa coins and notes is on February 29, 2012. Bank of Finland I plan to bring one haul in before that deadline.
  13. They are actually kind of nice, and since I was able to get them at face value, it gives it an extra plus. I have continued with the Finn €2 commems, but I have not been able to keep up with the general EU-wide €2 coins. I have some here and there, but not near all of them.
  14. Here is the mint's page with the entire list of the coins issued in this series. They were all made available for face value at post offices, but a premium if they were ordered. Provincial coin series
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