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  • 2000 Forint 2016, KM# 901, Hungary, Gold Florins of Medieval Hungary, Gold Florin of Sigismund of Luxembourg
  • 2000 Forint 2016, KM# 901, Hungary, Gold Florins of Medieval Hungary, Gold Florin of Sigismund of Luxembourg

The Hungarian National Bank issues a gold commemorative coin "Gold Florin of Sigismund of Luxemburg" as the fourth piece in the series of Medieval Hungarian gold forints.

Sigismund of Luxembourg (1368–1437), also known as Sigismund of Hungary, was a prominent figure in late medieval Europe. He served as Elector of Brandenburg from 1378 to 1388 and again from 1411 to 1415, King of Hungary and Croatia from 1387, Holy Roman Emperor from 1433, King of Germany from 1411, and King of Bohemia from 1419. He was a member of the Luxembourg dynasty, named after his ancestral lands.

Sigismund was notable for his exceptional diplomatic skills and organizational abilities, making him one of the most influential European rulers of his time. He organized the last large-scale European crusade in 1396, played a key role in ending the Western Schism in 1417, and initiated the campaign against the Hussites. In Hungary, he ruled alongside his first wife, Mary of Hungary, the daughter of King Louis the Great, until her death in 1395. As King of Hungary, he is remembered for his construction projects in Visegrád, Buda, and Székesfehérvár, his defensive measures against the Ottoman Empire, the establishment of the border fortress system, and his progressive laws.

After suffering a decisive defeat against the Ottomans, Sigismund founded the Order of the Dragon to organize collective resistance against them, and later secured the German and Bohemian thrones. In the absence of a male heir, he designated his daughter's husband, Albert of Habsburg, as his successor in his kingdoms. He reigned over Hungary for more than fifty years, becoming its second-longest-reigning monarch. Sigismund was highly educated, fluent in seven languages, and enjoyed social gatherings and knightly tournaments. He played a prominent role in the Council of Constance, which ended the Papal Schism but also contributed to the Hussite Wars.

Engraver: Tamás E. Soltra


Depicts the reverse of Sigismund of Luxemburg's Gold Florin, which features Saint Ladislaus (Ladislaus I) holding a battle-axe and an orb. A halo is shown above his crowned head, with the letters "M–O" beside him, indicating the privy mark of Buda Chamberlain Mikes Jemnisti. The number 13 is placed between the saint's legs. The Latin inscription "Sanctus Ladislaus Rex" (Saint Ladislaus the King) encircles the design. The coin is surrounded by the name of the king and the dates of his reign above, the inscription "GOLD FLORIN" below, separated on the right by the engraver's initials and on the left by a dot.



Depicts the obverse of Sigismund of Luxemburg's Gold Florin, which features the coat of arms of Sigismund of Luxembourg. Along the edge, the upper inscription reads "HUNGARY", and the lower inscription, separated by a dot, displays the denomination and the word "FORINT." The two inscriptions are separated by the year of issue, "2016," on the left side and the mint mark, "BP." on the right side. Under at least ten times magnification, microtext appears within the mint mark.

The coat of arms of Sigismund of Luxemburg is a composite heraldic emblem representing his extensive dominions and titles. It typically includes several key elements combined in various ways:

• Bohemian Lion: A silver double-tailed lion rampant on a red field, representing the Kingdom of Bohemia.
• Hungarian Arms: Divided into two parts, with the Árpád stripes (alternating red and silver stripes) on the left side and a patriarchal cross on a green triple hill on the right, representing the Kingdom of Hungary.
• German Eagle: A black eagle displayed on a gold field, symbolizing his title as King of the Romans (Holy Roman Emperor).
• Luxembourg Arms: A red lion rampant with a forked tail, armed and crowned in gold on a silver and blue striped background, representing his native Luxembourg.
• Brandenburg Arms: A red eagle on a white field, representing the Margraviate of Brandenburg.

These elements were combined in various ways, depending on the context and specific representation, to symbolize Sigismund's rule over these significant territories.

2016 BP.
2000 • FORINT


2000 Forint

Gold Florins of Medieval Hungary
Gold Florin of Sigismund of Luxembourg

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KM# 901 Adamo# EM317
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Copper Nickel
Weight 2.7 g
Diameter 20 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Budapest Mint (BP)

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