The National Bank of Hungary have issued (23rd January) a collector’s coin to celebrate the 125th anniversary of birth of Jozsef Remenyi (1887 – 1977) noted sculptor, artist, and one of the founders of the 20th century Hungarian art of medals. His numerous finely outlined drawings on coins, medals, and statues bear the mark of the modern classicism and Art-Nouveau. Among other works, he is credited with having designed the former 5, 10, 20 and 50 filler denominations originally introduced in 1946 and part of the Hungarian forint currency system.
The coin is issued within the annual EUROPA star series which highlights various subjects within a harmonized Europe-wide program. Struck by the Mint of Hungary in Budapest, the coin’s design is the work of Mihaly Fritz and includes a profile portrait of the Man himself along with his name and date of his birth and the year he died, 1977. To the lower right of the portrait is the EUROPA logo, an inverted star integrated with the letter “E” denoting the issue within the program. The reverse depicts portion of one of Remenyi’s well-known plaques called the “Daughters of Danaids” inspired from Greek mythology which was created in 1927.
The coin’s denomination of 5000 Forint appears just to the upper right of the primary design. Struck in sterling silver with a diameter of 38.6 mm and a weight of 31.4 grams, the coin is offered in proof quality with a limited mintage of 6,000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the National Bank of Hungary, please visit the Mint of Hungary’s website at http://coins.hu/products/silver_coins/jozsef-remenyi-125anniversary-5000Ft-Ag-proof.html