Kálmán Széll (1843-1915) was a Hungarian politician who served as Prime Minister of Hungary from 1899 to 1903.
Front: The obverse of the collector coin features a stylised representation of the Elisabeth Bridge as a main motif, built during Kálmán Széll’s term as Hungary’s Prime Minister. The Bridge, with a central opening of 290 metres and crossing the river without a pier footing, was a world sensation at the time of its construction. In 1945, it was demolished during the withdrawal of German troops. In addition, the obverse features the following design elements: the upper legend ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ in the centre, the value numerals ‘5000 FORINT’ below the representation of the Bridge, the mint year ‘2015’ on the right in the centre and the mint mark ‘BP.’ below it.
Back:The reverse of the collector coins bears a portrait of Kálmán Széll in the centre. The upper edge is inscribed with ‘TÖRVÉNY, JOG, IGAZSÁG’ [LAW, JUSTICE, TRUTH], his motto defining his years in office as Prime Minister and his entire career, and the lower edge is inscribed with ‘KÁLMÁN SZÉLL’. The dates ‘1843’ and ’1915’, marking Széll’s year of birth and year of death are arranged in two lines on the right in the centre. The initials of designer Balázs Pelcz are placed below the dates.
Keywords:history, architecture, silver, bridge, 2015