The National Bank of Hungary have issued (12th January) a collector’s coin to mark the 150th anniversary of the first publication of The Tragedy of Man, written by Imre Madach (1823 – 1864) eminent writer, poet, lawyer and politician who was born in Alsósztregova (presently Dolná Strehová in Slovakia).
The Tragedy of Man is considered to be one of the major works of Hungarian literature and is one of the most often staged Hungarian plays today with many lines having become common quotations in Hungary. The work has also been the inspiration and basis for other publications and more recently, movies and plays in many countries in Europe and further afield. Although the published story first appeared on the 12th January 1862, the actual printing had been completed by the end of 1861 and the original copies were dated with the year “1861” on the cover page.
Struck at the Mint of Hungary in Budapest, the coin’s design is the work of Enikő Szöllőssy who chose to depict the figures of Adam and Eve with the foreboding outline of Lucifer behind. The figures are atop the Earth and the title of the publication is placed across the surface. The reverse of the coin includes a front-facing portrait of Imre Madach placed towards the upper left side along with the year of issue “2012” and the denomination of 3000 Forint. This coin also carries for the first time, the denotation of “MAGYARORSZAG” which has been shortened as the officially recognized name of the country, dropping the word “Republic” as a result of changes in the country’s constitution which came into effect on the 1st January.
The coin is struck in sterling silver to proof quality with a weight of 20 grams and a diameter of 34 mm. A total mintage of 4,000 pieces has been authorized.
For more information on this and other coins offered by the National Bank of Hungary, please visit the website of the Mint of Hungary at: http://coins.hu/products/silver_coins/imre-madach-tragedy-of-man-150-PP.html#!ShowDetails