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Hungary Magyar Euro Pattern Set

Year of Issue - 2004

Presentation folder of Hungary Euro Pattern coins 2004. A pattern coin is a coin used for evaluating a proposed coin design or for a collectability factor, but is not legal tender.

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Hungary Euro Pattern Set 2004

Limited Edition: Only 10,000 issued

Attractive illustrated Presentation Wallet with coins mounted in opaque capsules allowing viewing on both sides of coins.

No coin in this set has a legal tender value.

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Hungary Euro Pattern Design Concept

This collection of pattern euro coins is designed to familiarise the people of Hungary with the style and nature of the coinage of the eurozone nations. As a member of the European Union from 2004, Hungary will have the opportunity to switch from the Forint to the Euro - but old traditions are not lightly changed.

Patterns are produced in advance of most great coinage changes. The series of 2 euro,1 euro, 50 cent, 20 cent, 10 cent, 5 cent, 2 cent and 1 cent coins seeks to demonstrate that Hungary's coinage should still look good after adoption of the euro as the national currency and to show that designs can still reflect the rich history of Hungary.

Theodore Roosevelt said on 2n April 1910, 'There is no more illustrious history than the history of the Magyar nation.' Indeed Hungary has long been a citadel of Western thought in Central Europe. Long after the feared Attila ravaged Europe the Magyar Chieftain Vajk converted to Christianity, established Hungary as a Christian power and received his crown from the Pope. He became Istvan Kiraly (King Stephen), Hungary's first Christian King in the year 1000. Later canonised as St. Stephen of Hungary, theh King's portrait features on teh pattern 1 euro.

Enlightened Kings such as the popular and respected Matyas Hunyadi (1458-1490) were elected by the high nobles. The conjoined portraits of King Matyas and Queen Beatrice feature on the patter 2 euro coin in this series.

Hungary came under the domination of Austria but in the 18th and later in the 19th century Hungarians tried to break the yoke, adn Kossuth (1802-1894) - the great Hungarian leader whose portrait features on the 50 cent, 20 cent and 10 cent coins - led the 1848 democratic revolution.

Despite occupation by Russia for much of the 20th century, Hungary hasa retained its individuality, and has produced fine musicians, writers and poets. The portrait of the famous poet Petofi (1823-1849) is found on the 5 cent, 2 cent and 1 cent coins. Half of all Western investment in Central/Eastern Europe is in Hungary and now Hungary takes a deserved place at the heart of the European Union and the expanding eurozone.