Budapest, 3 October 2022 – The Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a non-ferrous metal collector coin of 2,000 forints named ‘Mudi’ on 4 October 2022, on World Animal Day. This collector coin depicting the characteristics of the Mudi is the fourth in the series of Hungarian shepherd and hunting dog breeds launched in 2019, following the Hungarian vizsla, the komondor and the Hungarian sighthound. The coin was designed by medallist Áron Bohus.
In 2004, all domestic dog breeds, including the Mudi, were declared national treasures by the Parliament. And in 2017, this shepherd dog was added to the Hungaricum Collection, along with eight other indigenous dog breeds. The origin of the Mudi is not officially traceable. From 1930, Dezső Fényes, the director of the museum in Balassagyarmat, started to breed the Mudi, but later on for the survival of the breed had to be fought. Mudis are now a common working dog in Hungary. Primarily used for herding sheep, this intelligent, hard-working and brave dog also does a great job alongside the Hungarian wrangler with the horses, with the herder among the Hungarian Grey cattle and in hunting. As a shepherd dog, it can work alone or in pairs, and can herd hundreds of sheep on its own. The animals to be guarded are kept under control by watching them and giving sounds. It maintains eye contact with the shepherd and reacts to nods. Although widespread in Hungary, it is rare to find specimens of this versatile breed outside Hungary.
The Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a non-ferrous metal collector coin of 2,000 forints named ‘Mudi’ as the fourth addition to the collector coin series presenting Hungarian shepherd and hunting dogs. In 2019, the series was started off with the Hungarian Vizsla collector coin, followed by the Komondor in 2020 and a year later the Hungarian Greyhound coins. The pieces of the collector coin series represent the versatility and excellent qualities of the Hungarian shepherd and hunting dog breeds, and do not have a role in cash circulation.
The Mudi collector coin follows the motif choice that characterises the series: the dog is depicted on the obverse as a single figure, while on the reverse it is placed in a scene typical of the breed.
The central motif of the obverse is a side view of a Mudi with its head turned to the right. The compulsory design elements of collector coins are also featured on the obverse: at the top, in a semi-circular legends the lettering ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ (Hungary) is seen, at the bottom the denomination ‘2000’ and the inscription ‘FORINT’ is placed with mint mark ‘BP.’ on the left and the mint year ‘2022’ on the right.
On the reverse of the coin, a pastoral scene comes alive: a shepherd guarding his flock and two mundi, with a shadoof and a flock of sheep grazing in the background. The word ‘MUDI’ is inscribed in a semi-circular legend at the bottom of the reverse, inserted into the representation of the grassy wasteland, and on the right the master mark of the applied artist Áron Bohus is found, who designed the coin. Based on the design plans by Áron Bohus, the reverse of the coin was designed by applied artist Boglárka Imrei .
The ‘Mudi’ collector coin
The non-ferrous metal collector coin is minted from an alloy of copper (75%), nickel (4%) and zinc (21%). It weighs 16 grams and it is 34 mm in diameter and has a reeded edge. The collector coins are issued in limited quantities: a total of 20,000 coins will be produced in proof-like finish.
To promote the collector coins' value transferring and educational role as widely as possible the ‘Mudi’ collector coin will be available for purchase for one year from the date of the issuance, at their face value until stocks last, in the coin shop of Hungarian Mint Ltd., the producer and the distributor of the coins (Budapest, distr. V, 7 Báthory street) and in the webshop on the company’s website (https://www.penzvero.hu) from 4 October 2022.