Hungary 10,000 & 2,000 Forint 2014. Centennial death of Ödön Lechner


The Magyar Nemzeti Bank has issued a silver and a non-ferrous metal collector coin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Ödön Lechner. After the Ignác Alpár (2005), the Adam Clark (2011) and the Miklós Ybl (2014) coin, the Ödön Lechner collector coin is part of the series issued in honour of the greatest Hungarian architects.

The obverse of the commemorative coin bears a representation of the entrance hall of the Hungarian Geological and Geophysical Institute. The inscription on the lower edge of the obverse reads ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’, with the value numeral ‘10000’ and the inscription ‘FORINT’ placed above it, positioned slightly to the left. The mint mark ‘BP’ and the mint year ‘2014’ are positioned parallel to the right edge, fitted into the staircase.

The reverse bears a half-length portrait of Ödön Lechner, depicting the architect sitting in an armchair, with the representation of the Museum of Applied Arts in the background. On the upper edge, the coin is inscribed with ‘ÖDÖN LECHNER’. The inscriptions ‘1845’ and ‘1914’ are placed in two horizontal lines below the name, on the right. The initials of designer Mihály Fritz are on the right edge of the coin, above the armchair.


The standing rectangle shaped collector coin is struck in .925 fine silver. It weighs 31.46 grams and tis size is 39.6 x 26.4 mm, with a smooth edge. The non-ferrous metal version is made from an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel. It weighs 22.5 grams and has the same diameter and the same coin design as the silver version.