The National Bank of Hungary has issued two new coins to mark the 200th anniversary of birth of Ferenc Erkel, composer of the Hungarian national anthem. The gold and silver coins, released on 6th November, represent the last coins to be issued for 2010.
The silver coin depicts Ferenc Erkel on the obverse along with a facsimile of his signature just below his portrait. The years of his birth and death appear on either side of the portrait. The reverse carries an image of Erkel’s ancestral home along with the coin’s denomination and the year of minting.
The gold coin, at just one half gram in weight, is interesting in that it is the world’s smallest gold coin to be minted. The coin carries a detailed partial portrait of Erkel, positioned to the right side, with his name and years of birth and death to the left. The reverse of the coin carries the coin’s denomination of 5000 Forint and the year of minting, 2010.
The 5000 Forint silver coin is limited to a mintage of 5,000 proof quality pieces and is struck in .925 silver with a weight of 31.4 grams and a diameter of 38.6 mm. The gold coin is limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces and is struck in .999 gold with a weight of one half gram (.5) and a diameter of 11 mm.
For more information on these and other coins issued for 2010, please visit the website of the Hungarian Mint at http://coins.hu/ and choose English at the bottom page for your convenience.