Finland 1890-L 25 pennia
This specimen was lot 2359 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description noted, "FINLAND. 25 Pennia, 1890. NGC PROOF-67. Razor sharp with bold rims and devices. Incredibly brilliant hard mirror fields beam luster through the light golden orange toning which clings around the eagle and among its feathers. RARE and of such high grade it must surely be among the finest available. The only example graded by NGC or PCGS." This type is listed for 1872-76, 1889-99, 1907-17 and was struck for Finland by the czarist administration. Russian defeats in World War One enabled the Finns, who had long chafed under Russian rule, to declare independence.
Recorded mintage: 800,000 (no proofs are noted in the SCWC).
Specification: 1.27 g, .750 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-6.2; Sieg-32; Bit-239.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.