Hungarian Money

29 03 2012

One of my favorite hobbies is collecting foreign money, and since this blog is about Budapest, I think it would appropriate to show the Hungarian currency I have been able to collect.  Hungarian currency is known as the forint, and just like the dollar is divided into cents, the forint used to be divided into fillér coins, but they are no longer in circulation.  I have two forint banknotes, each from a different series of banknotes.

100 forint, from the 1947 Series

The first banknote presented is the 100 forint banknote from the 1947 Series.  This particular note is dated 1984.  The portrait on the obverse (top) side is that of Lajos Kossuth, a freedom fighter who is one of the most important figures in Hungarian history.  The image on the reverse (bottom) side is that of the painting “Flight from the thunderstorm” by the German-Hungarian painter Károly Lotz.

1000 forint, currently in use

The next banknote is the 1000 forint that is currently in circulation.  It depicts Matthias Corvinus, a King of Hungary during the Renaissance, on the obverse side and the Hercules Fountain from the Castle of Visegrád on the reverse side.  Of note of this banknote is that it is actually a newer version of the 1000 forint that was adopted in 2006, which added a copper-colored metallic stripe on the obverse side.  All previous versions, without the metallic strip on the obverse side, of these banknotes were withdrawn from circulation in 2007 and will be continued to be exchanged by the Hungarian National Bank until 2027.

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