The National Bank of Hungary has issued a collector’s coin (3rd January) in honor of the rotating EU presidency which Hungary will chair for the first half of 2011. Struck at the Mint of Hungary in Budapest, the coin has a denomination of 3000 forint and is the work of designer Atilla Ronay.
The obverse shows a portion of the skyline of the center of Budapest with the circle of the European Union’s twelve stars above it. The text above the main motif reads “AZ EURÓPAI UNIÓ TANÁCSÁNAK”. Additional text just under the central design reads “MAGYAR ELNOKSEGE 2011” (translation: HUNGARIAN PRESIDENCY OF THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION 2011). The reverse of the coin shows the denomination above the national coat of arms and year of issue.
Each coin is struck in .925 silver, with a diameter of 30 mm and a weight of 10 grams. There will be both proof and BU examples with mintages of 5,000 pieces for the proof strike and 3,000 examples for the BU issue.
Hungary’s EU presidency ends on the 1st July of this year. For more information, please visit the website of the Hungarian Mint which have pages in English at: http://coins.hu/
(Coin images are kindly provided by the Hungarian Mint.)