Greece - 2 cents 2012 (Corvette)
Spain - 2 euros 2011 (Lion yard of the Alhambra, Granada)
Belgium - 2 euros 2010 (Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union)
Finland - 2 euros 2013 (The Diet of 1863)
Greece - 1 cent 2012 (Athenian triere)
BP - Budapest
Forint: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100
Hungarian coinage is as old as the state itself. King (Saint) Stephen was crowned at
Christmas in 1000 A.D., and coins from Hungary soon became popular in international circulation. Under
King Karl Robert (1308-1342) Hungary became a great economic power and the kingdom accounted for
more then 80% of Europe's annual gold production. The Hungarian florin (forint) d'or served as the
prototype for gold coin issues from the Low Countries to Russia. Hungary's present monetary unit is a
direct descendent of these first issues.
During the 16th and 17th centuries Hungary fought bloody battles against the Turks in
support of Christianity. During this period some parts of the country came under foreign occupation. The
National Bank of Hungary was founded in 1924 and the Budapest mint was established in 1926. This has
been the only facility for the production of Hungarian coins ever since.
After the overthrow of communism the coins of Hungary returned to their national roots.
They differ from the communist issues in size and design. Some of the coins show native flowers and birds,
while other feature the restored Hungarian coat of arms with the everlasting symbol of nationhood, the Crown
of St Stephen.
For further information, contact Hungarian Coins, P.O. Box
1071, Clifton, NJ 07014. Toll free 1-800-421-1866.