Classic Hungarian Gold Coin Recreated on Modern Legal Tender
The 50,000 forint legal tender gold coin is modeled after a coin minted for Janos Hunyadi (1446-1453) now in the collection of the Hungarian National Museum. It corresponds to No. 14 in Friedberg’s Gold Coins of the World. Today, these originals usually sell for a few thousand dollars.The obverse of the coin duplicates the original with a four-part coat of arms with the four Arpad stripes and a double cross representing Hungary, and a raven with a ring. In the field next to the coin image is a standing knight. The center of the reverse has an exact copy of the original coin with St. Ladislas standing holding a battle axe and orb.The coin comes in three versions: 1) The most exclusive is a quadruple piedfort, extra thick and four times the weight of the regular issue and with an authorized mintage of only 500 coins. The lettering on the thick edge is seen above; 2) a gold-ducat sized prooflike uncirculated regular issues weighing 3.491 grams and limited to a maximum of 2,000 coins; and 3) a copper-nickel-zinc brilliant uncirculated 2,000 forint version with the same design, limited to 5,000 pieces.John Hunyadi is best remembered for the Battle of Belgrade (July 21-22, 1456), when he and his troops had to suffer through terrible losses before they could destroy the Ottoman forces. In a battle at Varna in 1444 he was captured by Vlad II Dracul, now better known as Count Dracula. Today, John Hunyadi is considered a national hero.