28 September 2023
The Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a non-ferrous metal collector coin in bronze-coated finish named ‘Pákozdi Katonai Emlékpark’ (Pákozd Military Memorial Park) on 29 September 2023, on the 175th anniversary of the first victorious battle of the 1848–1849 Hungarian Revolution and War of Independence. This coin of 3,000 forints is the tenth addition to the series launched in 2014 at the initiation of the Hungarian Heritage Institute, which is set to present Hungarian national memorial sites. The coin was designed by sculptor Mercédesz Dorisz Molnár.
Fought in the Pákozd-Sukoró area on 29 September 1848, the battle is considered to mark the beginning of the Hungarian War of Independence, where the Hungarian army, outnumbered by the opposing force, defended the achievements of the Revolution and the April Laws, and forced the Ban of Croatia, Jellasic's army to retreat. The victory became a symbol of Hungarian defence, primarily on account of its moral significance. The day of 29 September has been regarded as Ground Forces Day since 1992.
The Military Memorial Park in Pákozd - National Memorial Site was established in the area of the obelisk erected in 1951 in honour and memory of the Battle of Pákozd-Sukoró on 29 September 1848. In its current form, this national memorial site was opened in 2010 with a view to presenting the history of the Hungarian Defence Forces, established in 1848, to introducing the most significant events in the 175 years of Hungarian military history and to paying tribute to the known and unknown heroes of those days. Pákozd is home to the central memorial site of the Hungarian Defence Forces, where not only the soldiers fallen in the battle, but also the people executed during the autocratic regime, are commemorated. The Don Chapel honours the Hungarian heroes of World War II, and the Monument to the Peacekeepers pays tribute to the sacrifice Hungarian soldiers made, who maintained peace in foreign countries.
On the 175th anniversary of the first victorious battle of the 1848-1849 Revolution and War of Independence, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank is issuing a bronze-coated non-ferrous metal collector coin named ‘Pákozdi Katonai Emlékpark’. The collector coin, with a face value of 3,000 forints, is the tenth in the series presenting of national memorials sites in Hungary. The series was launched in 2014 at the initiative of the Hungarian Heritage Institute, and the technical specifications of its pieces are identical. Regarding their content, they follow the principle that one side of the coin features an image showing the entire site, with the other focusing on a characteristic detail.
The obverse of the collector coin 'Pákozdi Katonai Emlékpark’ highlights the obelisk erected in 1951 in honor of the Battle of Pákozd fought on 29 September 1848, created by Gyula Kiss Kovács, two-time Munkácsy Mihály Prize-winning sculptor and a renowned artist, with the national memorial site and Lake Velence in the background. The compulsory elements of legal tender are also found on the obverse: the inscription ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ (Hungary) referring to the issuer, on the left, in the middle, in two lines the mint mark ‘BP.’ indicating the place of issuance and the mint year ‘2023’ marking the year of issuance with the denomination ‘3000’ and the lettering ‘FORINT’ in two lines to the right of the representation of the obelisk.
On the reverse, in the centre field, the representation of the Military Memorial Park in Pákozd - National Memorial Site is seen from a bird's eye view, which is surrounded by an outer ring. In the outer ring, the name of the national memorial site is shown broken into two semi-circles (at the top the wording ‘KATONAI EMLÉKPARK • PÁKOZD’ (Military Memorial Park), at the bottom the inscription ‘NEMZETI EMLÉKHELY’ (National Memorial Site), on the left, the logo of national memorial sites and on the left the designer mark of sculptor Mercédesz Dorisz Molnár, designer of the coins, are placed.
The ‘Pákozdi Katonai Emlékpark’ collector coin
The collector coin is minted from an alloy of copper (90%) and zinc (10%). It weighs 18.4 grams and it is 37 mm in diameter and has a reeded edge. The commemorative coin will be issued also in a limited edition of 10,000 bronze-coated pieces.
To promote the collector coins' value transferring and educational role as widely as possible the ‘Pákozdi Katonai Emlékpark’ collector coin is available for purchase for one year after the day of issuance, from 29 September 2023, at face value while 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 its webshop on the company’s website (http://penzvero.hu/).