Obverse. Photo © Magyar Nemzeti Bank
  • 15 000 Forint 2022, Adamo# EM450, Hungary, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Ágnes Nemes Nagy
  • 15 000 Forint 2022, Adamo# EM450, Hungary, 100th Anniversary of Birth of Ágnes Nemes Nagy

Ágnes Nemes Nagy (1922–1991) was a renowned Hungarian poet and writer, celebrated as a major figure in 20th-century Hungarian literature. She began writing poetry at a young age, earning recognition for her lyrical and introspective verses that often delved into themes of love, loss, and human emotions.

As her career progressed, Nemes Nagy's poetry evolved to reflect her personal growth and Hungary's shifting political landscape. During the repressive communist era of the 1950s and 1960s, her work adopted a more introspective and existential tone, subtly addressing political themes through metaphor and symbolism. Besides poetry, she also wrote novels and essays, exploring identity, memory, and the human condition with profound insight and elegant language.

Despite facing censorship and political pressure, Ágnes Nemes Nagy made a lasting impact on Hungarian literature. Her contributions earned her numerous accolades, including the prestigious Kossuth Prize, one of Hungary's highest cultural honors.

Engraver: Balázs Pelcz


Depicts a portrait of Ágnes Nemes Nagy, with her books in the background and the portrait of the revered role model, poet Mihály Babits. Along the edge, at the top, the inscription "ÁGNES NEMES NAGY," on the left, in two slightly offset rows, the years of her birth and death, "1922" and "1991," are visible. At the bottom edge of the reverse, on the left, the engraver's privy mark is integrated into the portrait.



Depicts a stylized representation of a sinking sailing ship with three giant head statues on board. The first line of the poem "I Carried Statues" - "I carried statues on the ship," appears on the water's surface in Ágnes Nemes Nagy's handwriting. This poem, also inscribed on her tombstone, encapsulates the central dilemma of her life as a creative person with the characteristic lean wording and objectivity of her work. Along the edge, at the top, is the inscription "HUNGARY." On the left, in two rows, are the issuance year "2022" and the mint mark "BP." On the right, also in two rows, are the denomination and the word "FORINT."

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

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