Obverse. Photo © Magyar Nemzeti Bank
  • 3000 Forint 2024, Hungary, Hungarian Nobel Prize Winners, Katalin Karikó
  • 3000 Forint 2024, Hungary, Hungarian Nobel Prize Winners, Katalin Karikó

Katalin "Kati" Karikó, born on January 17, 1955, in Szolnok, Hungary, is a Hungarian-American biochemist renowned for her pioneering work in mRNA technology, which played a crucial role in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.

Karikó earned her bachelor's degree in biology and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Szeged. She moved to the United States in 1985 and worked at Temple University and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences before joining the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Despite numerous challenges, she persisted in her research on RNA-mediated immune activation. In the mid-1990s, she began a key collaboration with immunologist Drew Weissman. Together, they discovered how to modify mRNA to reduce its immunogenicity, laying the foundation for mRNA-based vaccines, including those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna for COVID-19.

For their groundbreaking work, Karikó and Weissman received numerous accolades, including the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award in 2021, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences in 2022, and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2023.


Depicts a portrait of Katalin Karikó. To the right of the portrait, the inscriptions "Nobel-" and "Prize" are displayed in three lines, along with the year "2023" indicating the year of the Nobel Prize award. Along the upper left edge, following the curve of the rim, the inscription "KARIKÓ KATALIN" is visible. Below, the engraver's privy mark is placed.

Engraver: Mihály Fritz



Depicts a modified messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) spiral. Below the depiction, on the left side, the inscriptions "HUNGARY," the denomination, "FORINT," the mint mark "BP.," and the issuance year "2024" are displayed in three lines. The engraver's privy mark is placed at the lower right edge.

Engraver: András Szilos

BP. 2024

Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Cupronickel
Weight 10.3 g
Diameter -
Width 30 mm
Height 25 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape oval
Alignment Medal
Budapest Mint (BP)

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