To celebrate the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Hungary needed only to look
at the record books for coinage design inspiration.
The Central Bank of Hungary has issued three commemorative coins for
the Games, which kick off Aug. 5 and continue through Aug. 21.
Coin designer Andrea Horvath drew inspiration from Hungary’s
athletic accomplishments for the designs for all three coins.
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The obverse of the Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel 2,000-forint
coin and Proof .925 fine silver 10,000 forint coin, and the reverse of
the Prooflike .999 fine gold 5,000-forint coin each feature a female gymnast.
Hungarian women gymnasts have won 23 medals of all metals at the Olympics.
In addition, the number 168 on the coin design represents the number
of Olympic gold medals earned by Hungarian athletes in all events.
The reverses of the copper-nickel and silver coins show a montage of
various sports, fencing, swimming, canoeing, water polo, wrestling and
athletics, surrounding the 2016 Hungarian Olympic logo and legends
relating to this year’s Games.
Those sports are the sports in which Hungarian athletes have
historically performed the best. Athletes from Hungary have earned the
third-most medals for fencing among all nations competing in the
Olympics, including 35 gold medals, the most gold medals that Hungary
has earned for all Summer sports. Other successful sports (gold medal
tallies in parenthesis) like swimming (25), canoeing (22), wrestling
(19) and athletics (10) all make an appearance on the reverse of the
copper-nickel and the silver coins.
The obverse of the gold coin depicts the 2016 Hungarian logo and
The copper-nickel and silver coins each measure 37 millimeters in
diameter. The copper-nickel coin weighs 23.7 grams and has a mintage
limit of 5,000 pieces.
The silver coin weighs 24 grams and has a mintage limit of 5,000
pieces. The gold coin weighs 0.5 gram, measures 11 millimeters in
diameter and has a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
U.S.-based distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers all three
of the coins; the copper-nickel coin retails for $19.50, the silver
coin is priced at $67.50 and the gold coin is available for $77.50.
Shipping and handling are an additional charge.
To order, visit the distributor’s website.