The National Bank of Hungary have launched (26th October) a new coin which is the first in a multiple-year series honoring notable Hungarians who have been the recipients of the Nobel Prizes since their establishment in 1895 with the very first awards being bestowed in 1901.
The Noble Prizes are a set of annual international awards bestowed in a number of categories by the Nobel committees in Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden in recognition of cultural and/or scientific advances, as well as the most well-known award, that of the Nobel Peace Prize. The focus of this, the first coin in the series is Albert Szent-Györgyi (1893 – 1986) who was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 – the coin also marks the 75th anniversary of his award. Szent-Györgyi was a noted physiologist who came to prominence for his discoveries in connection with the biological combustion process with special reference to vitamin C and the catalysis of fumaric acid. Dr. Szent-Györgyi offered all of his Nobel prize money to Finland in 1940 and The Hungarian Volunteers in the Winter War who traveled to fight for the Finns after the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939.
The oval-shaped coin, struck by the Mint of Hungary in Budapest, is the work of artist Fanni Vekony and depicts the Nobel Laureate in a three quarter right-facing portrait along with a quote attributed to Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi which reads “SEEING WHAT EVERYBODY HAS SEEN, AND THINKING WHAT NOBODY HAS THOUGHT”. The commemorative text including the year of receipt of the Nobel prize (1937) is positioned just below the portrait.
The reverse depicts Hungary’s most well-known food, that of the pepper or “Paprika”. The pepper is depicted as it is a proven an ideal source of hexuronic acid, identical to vitamin C which was specifically mentioned as the research carried out by Dr. Szent-Gyorgyi. The two peppers. One sliced in half is positioned off-center along with the coin’s face value of 3000 Forint and the text “MAGYARORSZAG” just under the primary design. The year of issue “2012” is just under the denomination.
Struck in sterling silver to both FDC and proof quality, the coin has a weight of 12.5 grams and dimensions of 25 / 30 mm. The proof examples have an authorized mintage of 5000 pieces and the FDC examples are limited to 2000 pieces.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Hungarian Mint, please visit their website at: http://coins.hu/products/silver_coins/albert-szent-gyorgyi-3000Ft-oval-proof.html The information is offered in English and international orders are gladly fulfilled.