Hungary 1983 5 forint
Hungary joined the Axis during World War Two and was rewarded with defeat, devastation and Russian occupation. After several years of confusion, communist rule was imposed in 1949 and an uprising was crushed in 1956. The Hungarian regime remained loyal to Moscow until the general collapse of 1989-90. The five forint (US$1 = 35 forint in 1982) was struck in nickel or copper-nickel 1967-89. This type is noted for 1983-89. The 1987 issue appears to be for sets only. The portrait on the obverse is of Lajos Kossuth, hero of the Hungarian rebellion against Austrian rule 1848-49. Ironically, that rebellion was also crushed by Russian troops.
Recorded mintage: 15,240,000.
Specification: 5 g, copper-nickel, 23.4 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 635.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.