Another Hungarian dog receives a HUF coin

On Tuesday, the canine commemorative coin series reaches its next stop: a 2,000 HUF non-ferrous commemorative coin named Mudi will be issued on World Animal Day, October 4, 2022.

The commemorative medal that captures the characteristics of Mudi is the fourth member of the series presenting Hungarian shepherd and hunting dog breeds that started in 2019. The Mudis coin follows the commemorative coins of the Hungarian Vizslás, the Komondor and the Hungarian Agaras.

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The coin with a face value of 2,000 forints was designed by coin artist Áron Bohus. The central motif of the obverse is a side-view representation of a mudi, with the head turned to the right. The obverse also contains the mandatory elements of commemorative coins: the inscription “Hungary” above in a semi-circle, the denomination “2000” below, and the inscription “FORINT”, on the left side “BP.” mintmark, the year of minting “2022” can be read on the right side – announced the Magyar Nemzeti Bank.

On the reverse side of the commemorative coin, a picture of life in the wilderness comes to life: a shepherd guarding a flock and two Mudi can be seen, with a flock of sheep grazing and a heron nest in the background. On the edge of the back cover – inserted into the depiction of the grassy plain – below, in a semicircular script, the inscription “MUDI” can be read, on the right side you can see the master’s mark of the industrial artist Áron Bohus, who designed the commemorative coin. The reverse side of the commemorative coin was designed by Áron Bohus and made by industrial artist Imrei Boglárka.

The non-ferrous commemorative coin is made from an alloy of 75 percent, 4 percent nickel and 21 percent zinc, weighs 16 grams, has a diameter of 34 millimeters, and has knurled edges. The commemorative coins are also produced in a limited number: a total of 20,000 coins can be minted.

What is worth knowing about mudik?

The origin of the Mudi breed cannot be officially traced. From 1930, Dezső Fényes, the director of the Balassagyarmat museum, began purposefully breeding the mudi, but later he had to fight several times for the survival of the breed.

Nowadays, mudiks are considered a common working dog in Hungary. Primarily used for herding sheep, this intelligent, hard-working, brave dog can also do well in hunting in addition to foals in studs, and among gray cattle in addition to goulash. As a shepherd dog, it works alone or in pairs, and can herd hundreds of sheep with its companion. He controls the animals to be guarded by looking and sounding. He keeps constant eye contact with the shepherd and responds to a nod. Although it is widespread in our country, it is rare to meet examples of this versatile breed outside of Hungary.

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