New Coin Pays Tribute to Finnish Markaa and Numismatics

April 8, 2014 in Coins, Collecting, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

April 7, 2014 By Michael Alexander (

The Mint of Finland have unveiled a new coin which remembers the first modern Finnish currency, the Markkaa, and pays tribute to Finnish coin collectors. Finland’s first publication especially dedicated to numismatics was published in 1745. The coin and medal collection of the Academy in Turku was begun in 1747 and the first known private collections in Finland are believed to have started in the 18th century.

On 29 March 1809, Finland was brought under Imperial Russian control and gained the status of an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire until the end of 1917. With the collapse of Imperial Russia and since the head of state was the Czar of Russia, it was not clear who the chief executive of Finland was after the Russian revolution. The government declared independence on the 6th December 1917. Under some influence from Imperial Germany, supporters of Finnish independence, the Finnish parliament elected Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, a brother-in-law of German Emperor Wilhelm II as the King of Finland and Karelia on the 9th October 1918. On the 9th November 1918, Wilhelm II had abdicated as Emperor due to the Central powers defeat of the Great War of 1914 – 1918 and Germany was itself declared a republic. Two days later, on the 11th November 1918, the Finnish government asked Prince Frederick to give up the crown and a Republican form of government was officially adopted on the 17th July 1919.

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For further information on this and other coins available from the Mint of Finland, please visit their website at: Information available in Finnish, Swedish and English – international orders dispatched.

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