Finland 1918 5 pennia KM-21

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Goldberg sale 84, lot 3943
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 3943 in Goldberg sale 84 (Los Angeles, January 2015), where it sold for $235. The catalog description[1] noted, "Finland. 5 Pennia, 1918. Civil War Coinage - Liberated Finnish government Issue. Knot centered. NGC graded MS-64 Red & Brown." Russian defeats in World War One enabled the Finns, who had long chafed under Russian rule, to declare independence. This scarce coin was issued by the provisional government prior to its reorganization as the Republic of Finland. The Republic five penniä of 1918 (KM 22) is common.

Recorded mintage: 34,880 plus 4,270,000 of KM 22.

Specification: 2.50 g, copper, 17.9 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-21.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 84: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2014.

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