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Finland 25 and 50 Pennia  1864 to 1917
Finland 25 and 50 Pennia 1864 to 1917

Hi Erin -- Well that's a pretty cool coin. The double headed eagle on one side of your coin is often seen on Austrian and Russian pieces and, according to Wikipedia, has been used in artwork for millenia to represent the union of church and state -- exactly what the US Constitution forbids.

The 25 and 50 pennia Finnish coins have the same pattern and slightly different sizes, as follows:

25 pennia, 16 mm diameter, 0.031 troy ounces silver
50 pennia, 19 mm diameter, 0.062 troy ounces silver

Value-wise both coins are generally more valuable the older they get. Here is a typical progression of catalog values for most dates as time goes on:

25 and 50 PENNIA 1860s:
worn: $8 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $20
well preserved: $60
fully uncirculated: $200

25 and 50 PENNIA 1870s through 1910:
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $30
fully uncirculated: $100

25 and 50 PENNIA after 1910:
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $2
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $6

The values above are catalog values which are inflated over actual values. If you are buying or selling a coin you need to understand how catalog values work. Look at our Important Terminology page (link at upper left) for an explanation.

There are some *better dates* in this series. The values below are for coins in average circulated condition.

25 PENNIA:
1867S: $500
1868S: $350
1876S: $2000
1910L: $8

50 PENNIA:
1868S: $100
1876S: $8000

Finally, Erin, you report that your coin looks shiney or polished. If it has been cleaned with silver polish or some similar destructive procedure, it is worth nothing to coin collectors.

NEVER CLEAN A COIN. CLEANING RUINS VALUE.

Coin: 4715 , Genre: Orthodox and Slavic
Requested by: erin ricks, Sun, 04-Jul-2010 01:40:00 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 31-Aug-2013 17:16:46 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 31-Aug-2013 17:16:46 GMT
Requester description: 1917 small silver some time of picture from 1917 25 pennia
Tags: finland 25 50 pennia silver time double headed head eagle wreath oneheaded heads hawk falcon

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