Medieval Gold Florins series – The Gold Forint of Queen Mary (1382-1395) The commemorative coin entitled The Gold Forint of Queen Mary, was the third release in the collector series Medieval Florins of Hungary 1305 – 1526. The gold commemorative coin contains a depiction of the gold coins minted by Queen Mary, with the joint Hungarian-Anjou coat of arms in a hexafoil on the front and St. Ladislaus on the back. During her short reign (1382 – 1395), Queen Mary continued to issue the gold forint coins minted under her father, Louis the Great. The difference between the two sovereigns coins was in the name of the ruler in the legend. Additionally, the coins minted under Mary’s reign had a unique mark, deemed to be a mint mark: a cross within a circle.
Front: The edge of the obverse features the upper legend ‘MAGYARORSZÁG’ (Hungary) within a bead edging, and the value numeral ’50 000’ and the inscription ‘FORINT’ in a lower legend, separated from each other by a dot. The upper and lower legends are separated on the middle left by the mint year ‘2014’ and on the right by the mint mark ‘BP.’ The representation of the obverse of the gold florin issued by Queen Mary is depicted in the centre, in a sexfoil Gothic-style pattern. The inscription on the edge of the reverse reads ‘+ MARIA • DEI • GRATIA • REGINA • VNGARIE’.
Back:The reverse of the coin features the upper legend ‘MÁRIA’ (MARY) within a bead edging on the edge and the inscription ‘1382-1395’ and, in a lower legend, ‘ARANYFORINTJA’ (GOLD FLORIN). The upper and lower legends are separated on the left by the initials of designer Tamás E. Soltra and on the right by a dot. The representation of the reverse of the gold florin issued by Queen Mary is depicted in the centre.
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