The National Bank of Hungary (Magyar Nemzeti Bank) has issued gold
coins with face values of 50,000 and 5,000 forint and a base-metal
2,000 forint coin to commemorate the 425th anniversary of the first
complete translation of the Bible into Hungarian.
The designs of all three 2015 coins are identical, with the numerals
stating the values being the only design differences among the coins.
Their obverse features a representation of the Vizsoly Reformed
Church. Above it at the right, the coin is inscribed MAGYARORSZÁG. The
value numeral and the inscription FORINT are placed below the building
in two horizontal lines. The year 2015 and the Mint mark BP are
positioned on the left of the building.
Vizsoly is a small village in northeast Hungary, where one of the 54
surviving copies of the Bible, known as the Vizsoly Bible after the
place of its printing, is on permanent display. Also called the Károli
Bible, it was translated in the 16th century by pastor Gáspár Károli
and other Calvinists and was printed by Bálint Mantskovit in 1590. It
is massive, three volumes containing 2,412 pages and weighing about 13 pounds.
The reverse bears a representation of a ‘V’ initial in a square
frame. Outside the frame, the inscriptions from the left to the right
read ‘425 ÉVES A VIZSOLYI BIBLIA’ and ’1590 – 2015’. The initials of
designer Andrea Horváth are placed on the lower edge, in the center.
The Uncirculated .986 fine gold 50,000-forint coin conforms to the
standard of the old Hungarian gold florin. It weighs 3.491 grams and
is 20 millimeters in diameter.
The Prooflike .999 fine gold 5,000-forint coin weighs 0.5 grams and
is 11 millimeters in diameter.
The Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel-zinc 2,000-forint coin
weighs 2.7 grams and measures 20 millimeters in diameter.
All three coins have a smooth edge.
The Coin & Currency Institute is the Hungarian Mint’s North
American representative. The firm offers all three of the new coins.
The 50,000-forint coin has a mintage limit of 2,000 pieces and
retails for $345.
The other two coins have mintage limits of 5,000 pieces each.
The 5,000-forint coin costs $75, and the 2,000-forint coin costs $19.50.
U.S. shipping and handling are set at $5.75 per order, and all
Vermont residents must add 6 percent sales tax.
To order, or for more information, click on the Hungarian flag at
the Coin & Currency Institute website for