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Hungary : Collector Coins To Commemorate The 175th Anniversary Of The Musical Setting To The Anthem (Himnusz).

The Magyar Nemzeti Bank will issue an especially large silver collector coin named Musical Setting to the Anthem in the Ferenc Erkel Memorial House in Gyula on 2 July 2019, on the 175th anniversary of the Anthems first public performance. By issuing a collector coin with a face value of HUF 20,000 and its non-ferrous version of HUF 3000, the Bank aims to commemorate the creation of our national song, depicting the poem and the musical composition together.

Ferenc Klcsey wrote the greatest piece of his patriotic poetry in 1823, entitled Hymnus, a Magyar np Zivataros szzadaibl (Anthem from the stormy centuries of the Hungarian nation). in 1844, the National Theatre announced a public competition to write the musical setting to the romantic poem, with the first stanza repeated at the end in a modified form. Ferenc Erkel, who was the conductor of the Theatre at the time, won the competition. The key to the success of the application bearing the motto Itt az rs, forgasstok/rett sszel, jzanon (Here is the script, utilise it/Wisely and sensibly) was that the elevation of a hymn was nicely combined with a simple musical tone, and the Hungarian and European musical tradition was also integrated into the composition.

The Anthem was included in Hungarys national symbols by the 1989 Constitution. Article 1 in the Foundation of the Fundamental Law, which entered into force on 1 January 2012, stipulates: The national anthem of Hungary shall be the poem Himnusz by KLCSEY Ferenc set to music by ERKEL Ferenc.

The Musical Setting to the Anthem commemorative coins are legal tender in Hungary, but they do not serve circulatory purposes. Primarily, they are a means to commemorate and raise awareness of the national values of Hungary. The silver and the non-ferrous metal versions have the same design, the only difference being their denominations.

On the obverse of the collector coins, a half-body portrait of Ferenc Klcsey, the poet who wrote the Anthem, is featured. The portrait was inspired by Franz Eybls lithography and Anton Einsles oil painting. Behind the portrait, parts of the first stanza on the Anthems manuscript is shown as a relief in the background, with Klcseys signature at the end.

The compulsory design elements of commemorative coins are placed on the obverse: the lettering MAGYARORSZG and the denominations 20,000 and 3000 in the upper legend, under it, in the middle, the mint year 2019, and hidden in the composition the mint mark BP. are shown.

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