Collector series: National parks of Hungary, No. 4
Bükk National Park (Hungarian: Bükki Nemzeti Park) is a national park in the Bükk Mountains of Northern Hungary, near Miskolc. It was founded in 1976 as the third national park in the country. It contains 431.3 km² (of which 37.74 km² is under increased protection). Mountainous and forested, Bükk is Hungary’s largest national park and is situated in the northern mountains, between Szilvásvárad and Lillafüred. Bükk’s important geological features include various karst formations within its limestone mountains – particularly caves (once inhabited by pre-historic people), swallow-holes, and ravines. The country’s longest (4,000 metres) and deepest (245 metres) cave, Istvánlápa, is located in the park. Bükk National Park also contains ninety species of nesting birds, some considered endangered.
Front: The collector coins attempt to present the uniqueness of the Bükk National Park and the values of nature and cultural heritage. Their obverse features a representation of the stemless carline thistle, the emblematic plant of the Bükk National Park, which also appears in the Park’s logo. The coin has on its obverse the standard design elements: the denominations 10,000 FORINT, the legend MAGYARORSZÁG, the mint year 2017, and the mint mark BP containing a micro sized safety feature.
Back:The reverse features the Szeleta Cave, Hungary’s most well-known domestic archaeological site, pictured from the Cave’s inside. Here relics of a primitive man have been found for the very first time in the history of Hungary. The left side of the coin bears the inscription ‘SZELETA-KULTÚRA’, which has been named after the Cave, by virtue of the characteristics of the relics and the richness of evidence discovered for the first time. It denotes a Central European archaeological culture which is primarily characterised by laurel-leaf and willow-leaf shaped flint-knapped stone tools worked on both sides (scrapers and projectile points), and is associated with the Neanderthal man.
Keywords:nature, national park, silver, series,
Hungaricum, landscapes, 2017