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HUF 50 coin issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome

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On 25 March 2007 the Magyar Nemzeti Bank issued 2 million pieces of a commemorative version of the HUF 50 circulation coin to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

The side of the coin showing its face value is the same as that of the HUF 50 coin currently in circulation, while the other side shows the treaty signed on 25 March 1957 by the six founder countries of the European Economic Community. Above the depiction of the treaty is the legend “EUROPE”, and in the background there is a motif resembling the paving of the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome designed by Michelangelo, a reminder of the place where the treaty was signed. Between the circular legend around the edge and the motif in the central field of the coin there is a circular legend, reading at the top “50 YEARS OF” and at the bottom “THE TREATY OF ROME”.

On the occasion of the anniversary all eurozone countries are issuing 2 euro circular coins with the coin design described above and legends in the given country’s language. The new coin side of the 50 forint coin using the joint coin design and Hungarian language legends was designed by István Kósa, head die engraver at the Hungarian Mint Ltd.

The coin is made of an alloy of 75% copper and 25% nickel, weighs 7.7 grams, and has a diameter of 27.4 mm and a smooth edge.

The public will come across the new 50 forint circulation coins in the course of handling cash when making everyday purchases.

Collectors can obtain uncirculated coins in mint condition from the MNB’s cashier’s counter at Budapest, Hold utca 7 by exchange.

12,000 coins from the first day minting are for sale in numbered gift packaging from 26 March 2007, and 5,000 BU and 5,000 proof coins will be available in the 2007 sets of circulation coins from the end of May 2007.

The numbered gift-packed coins and sets of circulation coins are available from the Hungarian Mint Ltd. at Könyves Kálmán körút 38 and the shop in the Magyar Nemzeti Bank’s Visitor Centre.

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