Obverse. Photo © Hungarian Mint
  • 2000 Forint 2017, KM# 925, Hungary, 500th Annyversary of the Reformation
  • 2000 Forint 2017, KM# 925, Hungary, 500th Annyversary of the Reformation

The Reformation, also known as the "renewal of faith," was a pivotal movement in 16th-century Europe that challenged the Catholic Church's authority and marked the rise of Protestantism, signaling the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the modern era. Sparked by Martin Luther's 95 Theses on October 31, 1517, which condemned the sale of indulgences and promoted salvation by faith alone, the movement quickly spread across the Holy Roman Empire and beyond.

Reformers like Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin in Switzerland soon joined Luther, leading to the establishment of various Protestant churches, most notably the Lutheran and Reformed Churches. By the mid-16th century, Luther's doctrines had reached Hungary, where the urban bourgeoisie and different ethnic groups formed Lutheran churches based on his teachings. Today, Reformed Christians constitute approximately 15-20% of the Protestant population in Europe.

Engraver: Róbert Csíkszentmihályi


Depicts a Bible at the center, with the dove of the Holy Spirit hovering above it, symbolizing that the Bible is interpreted with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This thematic connection is emphasized through their shared polish. The ribbon below the book bears the inscription "500 YEARS OF THE REFORMATION," marking the anniversary of the Reformation while suggesting that the process of renewal and reform is ongoing. The other side of the ribbon includes the engraver's privy mark.

500 ÉVE


Depicts the entrance facade of a medieval church with an open gate, symbolizing how the Reformation made religious practice more accessible by preaching in the national language instead of Latin. Doves in the window and five radial lines emanating from the church gate represent the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The obverse also includes essential details: "HUNGARY" as the issuer, the denomination "2000 FORINT" in the lower circular section, the mint mark "BP" on the upper left (which contains a micro-writing security element visible under ten times magnification), and the year "2017" on the right.

BP. 2017

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Copper Nickel
Weight 30.8 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Budapest Mint (BP)

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