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Hungary. 5,000 Forint 2012. London Canoeing. Gold Prooflike
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$75.00

Canoeing and kayaking were introduced at the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936 and have been a part of the quadrennial program ever since. From 1936 to 2008 a total of 582 gold, silver, and bronze medals have been awarded. Astoundingly, the athletes of Hungary have won a total of 71 of them (19 gold, 27 silver, and 25 bronze), 16 more than the second place Germans. The USA has 16 in total.
With London calling in the summer of 2012, the National Bank of Hungary is saluting this feat of athletic dominance with a pair of legal tender coins: a gold one for canoeing, and a silver one for kayaking.
This 5,000 forint .999 gold coin is included in the list of “smallest gold coins of the world” at 11 millimeters and 0.5 grams. The obverse by Andrea Horváth has the single-bladed paddle used in canoeing being pushed through the water, and the denomination, date, and “Magyarorszag” (Hungary). The reverse shows a muscular male canoeist in the sport’s classic kneeling competitive position. The prooflike coin is limited to a mintage of 10,000 coins.


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