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Sep 19, 2016

Budapest Zoo's 150th anniversary honored with special coins

The uncirculated nickel-brass 2,000-forint and Proof silver 10,000-forint coins honor the zoo's milestone and are set to become collector's items

The Hungarian Central Bank is honoring the Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden's 150th anniversary with two, special 2016 coins.

The nickel-brass 2,000-forint and Proof silver 10,000-forint coins honor the zoo's milestone and are set to become collector's items.

Both coins are rectangular in shape, with a vertical format for the designs, emphasizing some of the animals found in the zoo, coinworld.com reports today.

The commemorative coins are legal tender. Both coins are issued with identical designs, with the exception of the numerals that identify the face value.

New this year on Hungarian commemorative coins is the appearance of security features in the mint mark.

The letters B and P are present in microlettering visible only when magnified at least 10 times. This feature offers protection against the counterfeiting of the commemorative coins, according to the bank.

A maximum mintage of 3,000 of the silver coins are available during a three-month sales period, while a maximum of 10,000 base metal examples are available for sale indefinitely.

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