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1000 Markkaa 1961. Travel cheque, Finland

no number in katalog -
Years of issue: 12.07.1961
Signatures: Pääjohtaja: Matti Samuli Virkkunen, Apulaispääjohtaja: Johan Wilhelm (J. W., Jukka) Rangell
Serie: Travel cheques
Specimen of: 12.07.1961
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 183 х 81
Printer: Unknown printer

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1000 Markkaa 1961. Travel cheque




Seal with a logo of "Kansallis-Osake-Pankki".

The logo consist of four squirrels sitting on pine branches in two rows. Under the pine tree - founding year of the bank.


1000 Markkaa 1961. Travel cheque

Logo of "Kansallis-Osake-Pankki" Bank on the left side.

The logo consist of four squirrels sitting on pine branches in two rows. Under the pine tree - founding year of the bank.

Kansallis-Osake-Pankki (KOP) was a Finnish commercial bank operating from 1889 to 1995. It was created by the fennoman movement as a Finnish language alternative to the largely Swedish language bank, Suomen Yhdyspankki (Föreningsbanken i Finland). The two banks were merged in 1995 to form the Merita Bank. Merita Bank was later merged with Swedish Nordbanken to form Nordea.

I did some investigation on this check, and that's what I found out:

The check belonged to Armas Tyrväinen.

I was wondering who is that man, and, after a long search, I found something. I just want to emphasize, that this is only my guess.

That's, what about him, briefly, wrote one Finnish internet site:

"On Thursday, at 19:30, a 75-year-old Armas Tyrväinen, from Heynolla, was at a concert in summer open-air theater with his wife. In Intermission he came out and disappeared. Police asking you to call 112, if you know something about this man. It written, that old man is forgetful, apparently has symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.

On the next day, some people, like civilian vigilantes, found him in the bushes, near a plywood mill, in the village nearby. Write, that at the time of finding, he looked fine".

Unfortunately, I do not speak Finnish language for a more accurate translation. So if you're interested, the full article on the Finnish site is here


1000 Markkaa 1961. Travel cheque

White background.


This Cheque printed by Finish Bank "Kansallis Osaka Pannki, Helsinki" for the Finnish citizens and permanent residents, temporarily visiting USSR. Had to be cashed in the "Bank of Foreign trade" in USSR.

Was found in the old book, in Karelia, Russia by my father in law, and then referred to me. How does it appeared in the house of my father in law is unclear, no possible explanations.