Hungary 1968-BP 500 forint

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Heritage sale 3073, lot 31378
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This specimen was lot 31378 in Heritage sale 3073 (Chicago, April 2019), where it sold for $1,680. The catalog description[1] noted, "People's Republic gold Proof 'Ignaz Semmelweis' 500 Forint 1968-BP PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. A large gold Proof issued in commemoration of Ignaz Semmelweis, a Hungarian physician who pioneered early antiseptic procedures." Accompanying this issue is a 200 forint (KM 586, gold), 100 forint (KM 584, silver, and KM 585, gold) and 50 forint (KM 582, silver, and KM 583, gold).

Recorded mintage: 9,000, all proofs.

Specification: 42.05 g, .900 fine gold, 1.2168 troy oz AGW.

Catalog reference: KM 587, Fr-623.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Friedberg, Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg, Gold Coins of the World, From Ancient Times to the Present, 7th ed., Clifton, NJ: Coin and Currency Institute, 2003.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano and Warren Tucker, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3073, featuring the Lake County Collection of British coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2019.

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