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  • 5000 Forint 2006, KM# 795, Hungary, 50th Anniversary of the National Revolution of 1956
  • 5000 Forint 2006, KM# 795, Hungary, 50th Anniversary of the National Revolution of 1956

The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was a defining moment in Hungary's history. It started as a student demonstration on October 23, 1956, in Budapest, demanding political reforms and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary. The movement quickly escalated into a nationwide uprising against the Soviet-backed government of Hungary.

The revolutionaries, consisting of students, workers, and intellectuals, formed militias and fought against the Soviet forces and the Hungarian secret police. They managed to seize control of Budapest and other parts of the country, and for a brief period, it seemed that the Hungarian people might succeed in achieving their goals of independence and democracy.

However, the Soviet Union, under the leadership of Nikita Khrushchev, intervened militarily on November 4, 1956. Soviet tanks rolled into Budapest, crushing the revolution and restoring control to the Hungarian government. Thousands were killed, and many more were injured or imprisoned during the brutal suppression of the uprising.

The Hungarian Revolution ultimately failed to achieve its immediate goals, but it had significant long-term consequences. It demonstrated the desire of the Hungarian people for freedom and independence and exposed the brutality of the Soviet regime. The events of 1956 also inspired resistance movements in other Eastern Bloc countries and led to a reevaluation of Soviet policies both domestically and internationally.

Engraver: Attila Rónay


Depicts a perforated national flag extending towards the center from a horizontal band originating from the edge of the matte field. On the left side, also against a matte background, the year "1956" is repeated in horizontal rows. Additionally, the year "1956" is vertically visible in a broken band on the left side. Encircling the design, the inscription "HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION AND WAR OF INDEPENDENCE" is legible. Positioned between the flag and the inscription is the engraver's privy mark.

The hole in the Hungarian flag symbolizes the events of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. During the revolution, Hungarian citizens cut out the communist coat of arms from the center of the national flag, leaving behind a distinctive hole. This act represented a rejection of the communist regime and a reclaiming of national identity and independence. The holed flag became a powerful symbol of resistance and defiance against the oppressive Soviet-backed government.



In a matte background band, the denomination is centrally stacked horizontally, with the mint mark "BP." to the left and the issue year "2006" vertically to the right. Around the edge, the inscription "REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY" is visible in a semicircular arrangement on the left side. On the right-hand side, against a matte background field, the year "1956" is repeated in horizontal rows.

BP. 5000

Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 31.46 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Budapest Mint (BP)

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