1978, Republic of Finland. Silver 25 Markaa “Ski Games in Lahti” Coin. AU+
Mint Years: 1978 Reference: KM-56. Condition: A nice AU+ Denomination: 25 Markaa – Winter Games in Lahti Material: Silver (:500) Weight: 26.3gm Diameter: 37mm
Lahti Ski Games is a yearly international winter sport event. The games last for three days, during which participants compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. In the nearly 90-year history of the Lahti Ski Games the fireworks seen on Saturday night have become one of the highlights of the event. The goal of establishing the games was to get a competition similar to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Finland.
The idea for the games came from a Finnish legend, Lauri Pihkala in 1922. He wrote an article about a competition equal to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival after the double win of Anton Collin and Tapani Niku at Holmenkollen the same year. In the article Pihkala suggested Lahti as the location for the competition because of the city’s location and grounds.