Ödön Lechner (born as Eugen Lechner (1845-1914) was a Hungarian architect, one of the early representatives of the Hungarian Secession movement, which was related to Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe. He decorated his buildings with Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art. The Magyars were a people that came from the east, which explains the eastern-like appearance of Lechner’s buildings. He combines this with the use of materials modern for his time, such as iron.
Front: The obverse of the commemorative coin bears a representation of the entrance hall of the Hungarian Geological and Geophysical Institute. The inscription on the lower edge of the obverse reads ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’, with the value numeral ‘10000’ and the inscription ‘FORINT’ placed above it, positioned slightly to the left. The mint mark ‘BP’ and the mint year ‘2014’ are positioned parallel to the right edge, fitted into the staircase.
Back:The reverse of the collector coin bears a half-length portrait of Ödön Lechner, depicting the architect sitting in an armchair, with the representation of the Museum of Applied Arts in the background. On the upper edge, the coin is inscribed with ‘ÖDÖN LECHNER’. The inscriptions ‘1845’ and ‘1914’ are placed in two horizontal lines below the name, on the right. The initials of designer Mihály Fritz are on the right edge of the coin, above the armchair.
Keywords:art, architecture, architect, 2014, non-ferrous metal