2,000 forint - 125 years of Hungarian Olympic Committee
The Magyar Nemzeti Bank will issue a silver collector coin with a face value of 10,000 forints and its non-ferrous metal version of 2,000 forints to honour the 125th anniversary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee’s foundation. The special silver collector coin with a gold-coated edge and its non-ferrous metal version pay homage to the outstanding results in the history of Hungarian sport life and the first Hungarian gold medals at Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The coins named Magyar Olimpiai Bizottság (Hungarian Olympic Committee) were designed by applied artist Andrea Horváth. Hungary participated actively in establishing the modern Olympic movement in 1894. Our country was represented by Ferenc Kemény. One year later, on 19 December 1895, the Hungarian Olympic Committee was the sixth of all the Olympic Committees to be set up. As a prominently public benefit body, the MOB controls and represents the Hungarian Olympic movement exclusively. It is tasked with preserving traditions, teaching the idea of Olympism, protecting the memories of our heroes for young generations. Hungarian athletes have won a total of 117 gold 151 silver and 174 bronze medals at modern Summer and Winter Olympic Games. Alfréd Hajós was the first Hungarian athlete to come out victorious for Hungary at the Olympics in 1896 in Athens, and the last so far was our short track speed skating relay team (Csaba Burján, Viktor Knoch, Liu Shaoang and Sándor Liu Shaolin) at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Incidentally, it was the first gold medal for Hungary at Winter Olympic Games. The MNB will issue a silver collector coin of 10,000 forints and its non-ferrous metal version of 2,000 forints named ‘Magyar Olimpiai Bizottság' (Hungarian Olympic Committee) to mark the 125 years of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. The primary role of these collector coins is to offer education and recognise the success achieved by Hungarian athletes; therefore, they are not to be used in everyday payments. Their face value serves to preserve the value the coins represent to collectors. The silver and the non-ferrous metal versions have the same design, with their denominations being the only difference. Another difference between the two coin types is that the edges of silver coins are decorated with a golden coating, which also supports the theme, and the non-ferrous metal coin has metallic colouring. The collector coins were designed by applied artist Andrea Horváth.