2017 László Lajtha commemorative coins from The National Bank of Hungary
The National Bank of Hungary (The Magyar Nemzeti Bank) issued 2 coins, 5,000 Forint in silver and a 2,000 Forint non-ferrous coin to mark the 125th anniversary of Birth of László Lajta. László Lajtha was born in 1892. His contribution to Hungarian arts and music resulted in a revolution of Hungarian folk dancing. He played a major role in the world-famous Dance House Movement and is remembered as the dominant figure of a generation of Hungarian composers that entered the musical scene in the footsteps of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. The coin is produced by the Mint of Hungary at their facilities in Budapest on behalf of the Hungarian National Bank.
The obverse of the coin is designed by Andrea Horváth featuring the dynamic movements of a pair of folk dancers accompanied by folk musicians in the background. The obverse of the coins also features the standard design features: the inscription ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’, the value of the coins – 5000 FORINT and 2000 FORINT, the mint year ‘2017’. The mint mark ‘BP’, is made in special micro lettering containing a safety feature and only visible at 10 x magnification, to protect the coins against counterfeiting. The reverse features the portrait of László Lajtha by the famous designer Balázs Pelcz. To the right of László Lajtha’s picture, the coin is inscribed with 1892/LAJTHA/LÁSZLÓ/1963 in four rows positioned below each other, denoting the dates of birth and death of László Lajtha.
The coin with a face value of HUF 5,000 is minted in 925 ‰ fine silver. The non-ferrous metal coin of HUF 2,000 is made from an alloy of copper (75%) and nickel (25%). The two coins weigh 12.5 grams. 30 mm diameter with milled edge. The silver coin is made in proof finish and the non-ferrous version in BU finish with a limited number of 5,000 pieces worldwide.