2,000 forint - 100 years of the foundation of the University of Szeged
To honour the 100 years of the foundation of the University of Szeged, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a silver collector coin with a face value of 10,000 forints and its non-ferrous metal version of 2,000 forints today at the University of Szeged. Simultaneously, in representation of the two institutions Madam Chancellor Judit Fendler and Deputy Governor Csaba Kandrács will conclude a 3-year partnership agreement. The University of Szeged is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in Hungary. It became a research university in 2010 and a priority institution of higher education in 2013, and it is listed as the best university in Hungary by the British Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The beginnings in its history of ideas were marked by the foundation of the University of Kolozsvár in 1581, 440 years ago. In 1921, due to the Treaty of Trianon, the University was moved to Szeged. This moment indicates the beginning of higher education in Szeged. The University’s significance in the history of science is signalled by the domestic and international magnitude of its staff of professors. Albert Szent-Györgyi stands out of its professors who was awarded the Nobel prize in 1937 for his research at the University. The Magyar Nemzeti Bank will issue a silver collector coin with a face value of HUF 10,000 and its non-ferrous metal version of HUF 2,000 named ‘Szegedi Tudományegyetem’. The silver and non-ferrous metal coins have the same design, the only difference being the denominations. On the obverse, the representation of the façade of the University’s dean office building is featured with the fountain at Dugonics square in the foreground. On the edge of the obverse, at the top, in a semi-circular legend the lettering ‘100 ÉVES A SZEGEDI FELSŐOKTATÁS’ (100 years of higher education in Szeged) refers to the occasion of the issuance. At the bottom, following the edge of the fountain the lettering ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ (Hungary) is found. Above the representation of the building, on the left, the mint year ‘2021’, on the right, the mint mark ‘BP.’, and in the middle the denomination ‘10,000’ and the abbreviation ‘Ft’ are placed. Inserted in the central motif, on the right, the master mark of applied artist Gábor Kereszthury is seen, who designed the coin.