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Next month a collector coin will be issued that commemorates the agreement on the demilitarization of Åland 150 years ago.

 

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Seems that the total mintage will be 55,000. The coin is a "Nordic Gold" piece, the same material that the 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are made from. Face value is 5 euro; the coin can be bought in a capsule (€12) or in a special folder (€28) ...

 

http://www.posten.aland.fi/news.con?iPage=127&iArticleId=124

 

Christian

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We want silver :ninja:

Do we? :lol: Yes, silver would look nicer, I think, but this way the coin is easily affordable. By the way, in case the above link does not take you to the article, try this one:

 

http://www.posten.aland.fi/start.con?iLan=3

 

At the end of the "EXCLUSIVE COIN COMMEMORATING DEMILITARIZATION" news item, click on the "Read more..." link.

 

Christian

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Well, in some euro countries collector coins are available at a surcharge only, like in the US, while several others issue them at face value. This Åland coin is a little "different" in a few regards: As far as I remember, the other Finnish €5 coins can be had at face - not this one. The other Finnish €5 coins are bimetallic (no silver though) - this one is not, but it has the same size (diameter 35 mm).

 

And, this coin is distributed in a way that is somewhat different from how Finnish coins are usually distributed. Also note that the inscription (ÅLANDS DEMILITARISERING) is in Swedish only. I assume that all this is due to the autonomous status of the islands ...

 

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Seems that the Finnish Mint uses the edge for being linguistically correct. :ninja: The Åland coin has the text "ÅLANDS DEMILITARISERING 150 ÅR" (Swedish) on the side with the tree; on the edge it says "AHVENANMAAN DEMILITARISOINTI 150 VUOTTA" (Finnish). This year's Treaty of Rome commem does it the other way round. On the obverse you can read "ROOMAN SOPIMUS - 50 V - EUROOPPA" (Finnish) while on the edge you see "ROMFÖRDRAGET - 50 ÅR - EUROPA" (Swedish).

 

Christian

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Very nice, I like nordic gold, hope I can get one before its price begins to go up, I havent been so lucky with the previous 5 euro bimetallics coins ;)

 

I'm just learning here, how do you know the price will go up?

 

If it will, I guess I'll invest in 100 then! :ninja:;)

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What's special about the folder? :ninja:

Nothing if you ask me. But quite a few collectors do not just want the raw coin (OK, in this case you could not even buy a "raw" version but the piece in a plastic holder). They want the coin in a folder or brochure that holds the coin but also provides information about the piece: Historical background, mintage, composition, etc. Phhh. Crack-the-case is my middle name. ;)

 

As for the "value" of such pieces, buying a coin as an investment is not really a good idea. Sure, there are exceptions, but the Åland coin is no such exception methinks ...

 

Christian

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Tabbs we need to get together on this one. I see a very beautiful $5 Euro coin that BELONGS in my collection.

 

Whoa, seems I am a bit late as I just noticed the 2006 date!!! Man I am way behind on this one! Sorry Tabbs but again thanks for the photo.

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I see a very beautiful $5 Euro coin that BELONGS in my collection.

No $ sign in there. :ninja: Problem is, that coin was never sold at face value, so expect to pay more no matter where. Posten Åland still lists that coin as "available":

http://www.posten.ax/shop/index.con?iTempl...=109&iLan=3

-> Click on "Coins and Model cars" (Odd combo, I know ...)

-> Commemorative Coin in Capsule (€12.20)

 

That price would be about 16.80 in US dollars, plus shipping to the US. Now scandmint.com for example (in the US) sells it at $17.50 - and maybe the coin is less expensive at eBay or elsewhere?

 

Christian

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Thanks for the information Tabbs. I will see if I can locate one over here.

I have been super-duper busy the past couple of months! Haven't been home much. Firrt time doing this with my new mobile, so this feels a bit clumsy. Anyway, I have a couple extra and would be happy to do a trade of sorts if you do not have luck with those sites that Tabbs suggested! :-D

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Good to see that you're around and well, Sir Sisu. Seems that CoinPeople.com is not the only place where you have been missed; I hope all is well with the new job!

 

Hopefully your phone has a display which lets you view all those fine coins that have been posted. When I use my cellphone's browser, the images are either small, or so big that I have to scroll in order to see them. It's just not fun ...

 

By the way, what I find a little odd about the Finnish €5 coins is the varying sizes and compositions. This Åland coin has the same diameter as the previous ones (35 mm) but is not bimetallic. The EU Presidency coin, issued later that year, is smaller but bi-met again. And this year's coin will apparently be like the pre-2006 issues again: "Kaksimetallisen rahan ulkohalkaisija on 35,00 mm ja sisäosan halkaisija noin 24,2 mm." Bimetallic, diameter 35 mm - kind of strange, that.

 

Christian

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Good to see that you're around and well, Sir Sisu. Seems that CoinPeople.com is not the only place where you have been missed; I hope all is well with the new job!

 

The job is going well, thank you! It is keeping me busy, but mostly the family is -in a good way. :ninja:

 

Hopefully your phone has a display which lets you view all those fine coins that have been posted. When I use my cellphone's browser, the images are either small, or so big that I have to scroll in order to see them. It's just not fun ...

 

By the way, what I find a little odd about the Finnish €5 coins is the varying sizes and compositions. This Åland coin has the same diameter as the previous ones (35 mm) but is not bimetallic. The EU Presidency coin, issued later that year, is smaller but bi-met again. And this year's coin will apparently be like the pre-2006 issues again: "Kaksimetallisen rahan ulkohalkaisija on 35,00 mm ja sisäosan halkaisija noin 24,2 mm." Bimetallic, diameter 35 mm - kind of strange, that.

 

Christian

 

 

I can view the coins on my phone, but do end up having to scroll. I really don't use it much for casual surfing though. Mostly just for info when I need it.

As for the differing versions of the €5 pieces. Not sure exactly why the mint has made some bi-met and others not. The only pattern I see for them is that those €5 bi-met pieces also have corresponding Ag/Au bimet pieces in a higher denomination as well, whereas the other €5 pieces are stand alone.

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