The Mint of Finland has added yet another government to their steadily expanding list of customers this week. In a press statement dated 8 November 2016 the Mint's vice president for communications, Henna Karjalainen, announced that an agreement has been reached between the Mint of Finland and the Central Bank of Bolivia.
The agreement concerns the production and delivery, by the Mint of Finland to the Central bank of Bolivia, of nearly 88 million coins over a two year period from 2017 to 2018. The denomination that will be produced will be the bi-metallic Bolivian 5 Bolivianos coin. No mention was made as to whether any new designs will be produced for the denomination or if the current design will simply be continued.
Mint of Finland CEO Jonne Hankimaa, who took up the position on August 8th 2016 after Paul Gustafsson retired from that position earlier the same year, had the following comments on the historic deal :
This deal is important for us. We have further strengthen our position in South America and we are very happy about this new customer.
Earlier this year it was also announced that the Mint of Finland would start producing coins for Denmark, after the decision was taken for that counties mint to cease production after nearly a thousand years of numismatic history.