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Sir Sisu

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  1. 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. :)

     

  2. Thanks!

     

    I've been away for a while. I've been living in the "traffic years" of life. (Finnish saying for those busy years working, raising kids, chores, responsibilities, etc) Anyway, kids are getting older and I'm starting to get a little more free time to pursue my hobbies again -a little at a time. Anyway, just wanted to give a quick hello to you all and hopefully I'll be able to pop in a little more often -maybe even more than once a year :pardon: )

  3. 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.

     

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  4. Very nice design. When they issue these at "face value" are the supplies plentiful?

     

    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'.

  5. How did they put the coin into context?

     

    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)

  6. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the collector marketplace afterwards. I remember that both after the change from the large brass 10 FRF to the bimetallics, and again after the bimetallics had passed their redemption date on change to euro, large numbers of the now iredeemable coins were available in the marketplace, at low cost - probably sold by the gov't to dealers now that there's no concern of them being presented for exchange.

     

    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. :P

     

    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.

  7. I sure hope Finland doesn't come to regret joining the Eurozone. (For that matter, I hope none of the other countries in the Eurozone end up with regrets, either.) In the meantime, I'd certainly hang onto samples. Not that a collector wouldn't already have 'em! . . .

     

    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.

  8. They're great looking coins. Do you have a set? Have you continued with your collection of 2€ commemoratives?

     

     

    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.

  9. And yes, I had a great b-day party by the way. Rented a mini charter bus, loaded up my friends, cruised around the city while we partied on the bus. Then after a couple of hours, I had it bring the guests to a location that was undisclosed to them: a sauna lounge that was reserved just for my crew. We hung out for the rest of the night there and lived it up! :banana:

  10. Thank you for the birthday wishes all! :art: Starting a new decade. :P The past year has been very eventful, both positive and negative. Been travelling from St Petersburg to Puerto Rico and a few places in between. My father passed away and I traveled abroad with my son to bring him back to his hometown to be laid to rest. And oh so many other things that life brings.

    BUT this year will be even more eventful for me in other ways. We are going to take a halftime in our lives and reclaim life for ourselves from the never ending ratrace, even if temporarily. Gonna take a leave of absence from work for a year and we're gonna go live in the States for a year. So when that starts you might see me here a bit more often than I have been recently. :yahoo:

  11. That pic with BiggAndyy did come to mind when I made the post but she also got down and dirty when I took her detecting and I recall a few other pics where she really "got into" some things.

     

     

    You mean Libby still is among us?!?!?!

  12. I have an old US stamp album that I'm giving away. It's in pretty bad shape and the stamps are glued on. I'd hate to just toss it, so if someone is interested and is willing to cover postage fees (I can send it airmail or economy-surface). Rough estimate for mailing it would be $5-15 depending on location any how you want it delivered. Here are a few links to a few random pages that I've scanned:

     

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    http://img101.imageshack.us/i/stamp3.jpg/

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    http://img265.imageshack.us/i/stamp6.jpg/

  13. Apparently, it commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Grand Duchy of Finland under Czar Alexander II, 1860-2010, but the design has a "5" and clearly "1215", so I thought it might commemorate Merijärvi a municipality with a population of 1,215.

     

     

    Actually it commemorates the 150th anniversary of Finland's own currency unit: the markka. Alexander II signed the edict.

     

    As for the numbers, they do seem a bit random. The design is taken from the gold €100 coin commemorating the same theme, which has a more full image.suomalainen-raha-150-vuotta_product_large.jpg

    The numbers, while ostensibly random, show different values that have appeared on coins. The artistic liscense used may cause a bit of confusion I admit. Merijärvi may get onto a coin one day, but this one sure ain't it. ;)

  14. Hi Harri! Nice to hear from Finland! . I am not so good at small variations like double dies etc, but I know that some people are very

    fond of such errors, so I cant actually say if this is very unusual. If You want to sell it You can try swedish Tradera site, but my guess

    is it will not be so expensive.

    Best regards,

    Martin from Sverige

     

    Thanks for the reply! If this really is a doubled die, I think I will keep it for the time being and keep on trying my luck on finding another sample.

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