Hungary

Hungary unveils new 500-forint note (B587.5) scheduled for introduction 01.02.2019

According to a press release dated 3 July 2018, the new 500-forint notes will enter circulation on 1 February 2019, although they were declared legal tender from 4 July 2018.

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Like B581, but new color scheme and improved security features.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana and Ilkka Malmi.




Hungary new date (2018) 1,000-forint note (B588b) confirmed

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Like B588a, but new date (2018). Prefix DB.

Courtesy of Sabine Leuenberger ().


Hungary chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

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The Hungary chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 38-page catalog covers notes issued by the Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Hungarian National Bank) from 1926 to present. Published 27 October 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
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  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Hungary new date (2017) 5,000-forint note (B590b) confirmed

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Like B590a, but new date (2017). Prefix BC.

Courtesy of Brian Evans.

Hungary upgraded 1,000-forint note (B588) confirmed introduced 01.03.2018

According to a press release, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank unveiled a new 1,000-forint note with enhanced security features to be introduced 1 March 2018. The existing notes of the same denomination will be withdrawn starting 1 November 2018, and will be demonetized 1 November 2038.

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Courtesy of Ilkka Malmi, Antje Bird, and Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online).


Hungary new date (2017) 20,000-forint note (B592c) confirmed

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Like B592b, but new date (2017). Prefix GA.

Courtesy of Claudio Marana.

Austria-Hungary chapter of The Banknote Book is now available

Austria-Hungary cover
The Austria-Hungary chapter of The Banknote Book is now available for individual sale at US$9.99, and as a free download to subscribers.

This 14-page catalog covers notes issued by the Oesterreichisch-Ungarische Bank (Austro-Hungarian Bank) from 1880 to 1918. Published 19 May 2017.

Each chapter of The Banknote Book includes detailed descriptions and background information, full-color images, and accurate valuations. The Banknote Book also features:
  • Sharp color images of note’s front and back without overlap
  • Face value or date of demonetization if no longer legal tender
  • Specific identification of all vignette elements
  • Security features described in full
  • Printer imprint reproduced exactly as on note
  • Each date/signature variety assigned an individual letter
  • Variety checkboxes for tracking your collection and want list
  • Date reproduced exactly as on note
  • Precise date of introduction noted when known
  • Replacement note information
  • Signature tables, often with names and terms of service
  • Background information for historical and cultural context
  • Details magnified to distinguish between note varieties
  • Bibliographic sources listed for further research

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Hungary new 2,000- and 5,000-forint notes confirmed

According to a press release, the Magyar Nemzeti Bank introduced new 2,000- and 5,000-forint notes into circulation on 1 March 2017, although they were declared legal tender from 15 November 2016. Existing notes of the same denominations will circulate in parallel until 31 July 2017, after which time they will be withdrawn, but will not be demonetized until 31 July 2037. A new 1,000-forint note is planned for the second half of 2017.

The new notes have enhanced security features.

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Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (Banknote-Online), Szilard Szemere, and Ilkka Malmi.

Hungary new 20,000-forint note (B592) confirmed

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Like B586, but with new color scheme and updated security features.

Courtesy of Alex Zlotin.

Hungary new 20,000-forint note (B592) confirmed introduced 14.12.2015

According to a press release dated 25 September 2015, on 14 December 2015 the Magyar Nemzeti Bank will introduce a new 20,000-forint note like the existing issues (B586), which will circulate in parallel through 2016, then be withdrawn at an undisclosed date. The new notes feature a revised color scheme and design on front, and additional security features, including OVI ornament, electrotype watermark, and UV printing of a man and woman with parasol.

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20,000 forint (US$107)
Green, orange, blue, and yellow. Front: Coat of arms; gold-to-green OVI ornament; Deák Ferenc (Minister of Justice Ferenc Deák de Kehida). Back: Az Ideiglenes Magyar Képviselóház Pesten (The Provisional Assembly of Hungary in Budapest) building with flag, trees, strolling couples, and statue of bust. Holographic stripe. Solid security thread with demetalized MNB 20000. Watermark: Deák Ferenc and electrotype 20000. Printer: (Pénzjegynyomda Rt.). 154 x 70 mm.
a. 2015. Intro: 14.12.2015.

Courtesy of Johnny Mollindo, Cleo Phas, and on eBay.

Hungary new sig/date (2015) 1,000-forint note (B582e) confirmed

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Like B582d, but new date (2015) and signatures (György Matolcsy and Ádám Balog).

Courtesy of Róbert Szajkó.

Hungary new date (2015) 10,000-forint note (B591b) confirmed

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Like B591a, but new date (2015).

Courtesy of Róbert Szajkó.

Hungary new 5,000-forint note (B587) reported

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This undated, unsigned, and unnumbered 5,000-forint note is similar to P199. I personally examined the note at the recent show in Valkenburg and can confirm that it is intaglio printed on high-quality security paper complete with watermarks, holographic stripe, and other security features.

Rumor was that a pack of unfinished notes was stolen from the printer (Pénzjegynyomda Rt.) and that this denomination will be issued shortly as the second member of the new note family started with the introduction of the 10,000-forint on 2 September 2014.

However, I recently received the following email from the bank's Communication and Protocol Department: "The undated, unsigned, and unnumbered 5,000-forint note published on your website is a trial print of the previous years used for testing purposes, representing no value. This banknote specimen is not part of the new forint banknote series issued by Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary)."

Hungary new 10,000-forint note (B591) confirmed

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On 2 September 2014, the Magyar Nemze Bank released a revised 10,000-forint note (B591) like the current issue (B585), but with new color scheme and updated security features. This is the first denomination to be revised, but the bank intends to update all denominations by 2018.

Courtesy of Hartmut Fraunhoffer (www.banknoten.de).

Hungary new sig/date (2013) 500-forint note (B581e) confirmed

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Like B581d, but new date (2013) and new signatures (György Matolcsy and Ádám Balog).

Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Hungary new date (2013) 2,000-forint note (B583d) confirmed

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Like B583c, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Hungary new date (2013) 2,000-forint note (B583d) confirmed

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Like B583c, but new date (2013).

Courtesy of G. Scheidl.

Hungary new date (2012) 1,000-forint note (B582d) confirmed

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Like B582c, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Peter Mosselberger (www.banknote.ws).

Hungary new date (2012) 10,000-forint note (B585c) confirmed

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Like B585b, but new date (2012).

Courtesy of Szilard Szemere.

Hungary turns cash to ash

According to an article on BBC dated 8 March 2012, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (Central Bank of Hungary) has come up with a unqiue way of getting rid of old banknotes. It compresses shredded notes into blocks containing $20,000 worth of old forint notes, then gives the blocks to charities to burn as heating fuel.

Courtesy of Aidan Work.

Hungary new date (2011) 500-forint note (B581d) confirmed

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Like B581c, but new date (2011).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2011) 1,000-forint note (B582c) confirmed

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Like B582b, but new date (2011) and new signatures.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new sig/date (2010) 500-forint note (B581c) confirmed

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Like B581b, but new signatures and date (2010).

Courtesy of Mikhail "Mike" Prizov.

Hungary new 2,000-forint note (B583) confirmed

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Like B574, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer.

Hungary new date (2010) 1,000-, 2,000-, and 5,000-forint notes confirmed


1,000 forint (US$4.50), 2010. Like B582a, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings.

2,000 forint (US$9.05), 2010. Like B583b, but new date, new signatures (as above), and Omron rings.

5,000 forint (US$22.60), 2010. Like B584a, but new date, new signatures (as above), and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Bill Stubkjaer and Szilard Szemere.

Hungary new date (2009) 10,000-forint note (B585b) confirmed

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Like B585a, but new date (2009).
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary to replace 200-forint note with coin on 15.11.2009

On 15 June 2009, Magyar Nemzeti Bank issued a new 200-forint (US$1) coin which will replace the banknote of the same denomination beginning 15 November 2009, after which time the notes will remain redeemable for 20 years.

Hungary new date (2008) 2,000-forint note (B583b) confirmed

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Like B583, but new date (2008), new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new 20,000-forint note (B586) with Omron rings confirmed

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Like B577, but new dates, new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of Christof Zellweger.

Hungary new 10,000-forint note (B582) with Omron rings confirmed

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Like B576i, but new date (2008), new signatures, and Omron rings.
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new 5,000-forint note (B584) with Omron rings confirmed

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Like B575, but new date (2008), new signatures, and Omron rings.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new 500-forint note (B581) with Omron rings confirmed

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Like B570e, but new date (2007), new signatures, and Omron rings.

This appears to be the earliest date of this denomination with Omron rings. However, this denomination was subsequently issued dated 2008 in varieties with and without Omron rings.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary issues notes revised with Omron rings



500 forint (US$2.15), 2008. Like Pick 188, but new date, new signatures, and Omron rings added to front and back in watermark field.

The 500-forint notes dated 2008 without Omron rings were issued bearing prefixes EA, EB, EC, ED. It appears the bank is resetting the prefixes back to EA for the newer issues.



1,000 forint (US$4.30), 2009. Like Pick 195, but new date, new signatures, Omron rings added to front and back in watermark field, black serial numbers instead of red ones, and a silver-holographic security thread instead of a golden-holographic one.

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new sig/date (2008) 500-forint note (B581b) confirmed

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Like B581a, but new date (2008) and new signatures (Dr. Karvalits Ferenc; Simor András; Dr. Király Júlia).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2007) 20,000-forint note (B577e) confirmed

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Like B577d, but new date (2007) and new signatures (Henrik Auth, Zsigmond Járai, Surányi György).

Courtesy of Kevin Klauss.

Hungary issues new 500-forint commemorative note (B580)


B580: 500 forint, 2006. Issued 20.10.2006, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution and war of independence. Front like B570, but new back with Parliament building, the tri-color national flag with a hole, registration device, and three dots in upper right-hand corner for the partially sighted. Watermark contains inscription of “50. EVFORDULO 1956. OCTOBER 23.”
 
Courtesy of Magyar Nemzeti Bank, banknoteshop@gmx.net, and Cleophas Elmakias Schockemohle.

Hungary new dates (2005 and 2006) 1,000-forint notes (B573a/b) confirmed


1,000 forint (US$5.25), 2005. Issued April 10, 2006. Like B572, but new dates, new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi), copper holographic stripe, and iridescent stripe.

1,000 forint (US$5.25), 2006. Issued April 10, 2006. Like B573a, but new dates, new signatures (Henrik Auth, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi), copper holographic stripe, and iridescent stripe.
 
Courtesy of Magyar Nemzeti Bank and banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new sig/date (2006) 5,000-forint note (B576c) confirmed


Like B575b, but new date (2006) and new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi).
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new date (2006) 10,000-forint note (B576h) confirmed


Like B576g, but new date (2006) and new signatures (Péter Adamecz, Zsigmond Járai, Dr. György Surányi).
 
Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new sig/date (2007) 1,000-forint note (B573c) confirmed


Like B573b, but new date (2007) and new signatures (Dr. Karvalits Ferenc; Simor András; Dr. Király Júlia).

Courtesy of banknoteshop@gmx.net.

Hungary new sig/date (2007) 200-forint note (B568h) confirmed


Like B568g, but new date (2007) and new signatures.

Courtesy of Michael Reissner.