Hungary. 5,000 Forint 2013. 100th birthday of Robert Capa. Gold Proof.
Hungary. 5,000 Forint 2013. 100th birthday of Robert Capa. Gold Proof.

Hungary honors photographer Capa with commemorative
No photographer may have captured the hell of war as poignantly as Robert Capa.
Born as Endre Friedmann in Budapest, Hungary, on Oct. 22, 1913, the photographer  is the new subject of a commemorative coin from the Magyar Nemzeti Bank, Hungary’s central bank.
Capa worked primarily as a photojournalist and war correspondent, adopting his nom de guerre in 1936 while in Paris. Capa spent several years covering the Spanish Civil War before photographing the 1938 Sino-Japanese war and then the North African and Italian campaigns of World War II. His photos of the invasion of Normandy on D-Day, known as “The Magnificent Eleven,” inspired the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.
Capa became a U.S. citizen in 1946, and received the Medal of Freedom for his wartime work. He died in 1954 while still working as a photographer when he
stepped on a land mine during fighting in French Indochina.
This Prooflike .999 fine gold 5,000-forint coin marks Capa’s 100th birthday.
The obverse, showing a frame of film with legends and inscriptions, was designed by Antal Illés, and the reverse, portraying the photographer in action, was designed by György Szabó.
The coin weighs 0.5 grams and  measures 11 millimeters in diameter.

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