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5 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About the Hungarian Forint

CXI July 15th, 2019

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While Hungary is in the European Union, they do not use the Euro as currency. As the title of this article would suggest, Hungary’s currency is the Forint, which was re-introduced in 1946 post WWII. Prior to this, the Forint was the country’s currency between 1868 and 1892 (during the Austro-Hungarian Empire) before it was replaced by the pengő.

A Whole Lot of 0's

Today, the Forint has a total of six denominations: 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, 10,000, and 20,000If you’re planning a trip to Hungary, be sure to count your zeros when you get change back from markets. You could end up with 1,000 forints instead of 10,000. Hungary also has coins in six denominations as well: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200 forints are in use.

Royal Figureheads

Three of the Hungarian banknotes have illustrations of some prominent figureheads in the country’s history. These historic figures includine Kings Charles I, Matthias I, and Stephen I, all of whom had a monumental impact on Hungary and its people.

A Romantic History

The name “Forint” actually comes from the city of Florence, where gold coins minted in 1252 and beyond were called “fiorino d'oro”. The Hungarians followed suit (in their own way) on the naming conventions of gold coins for the time; thus leading to their currency being named the Forint.

Joining the EU

Since Hungary joined the EU in April of 2003, there's been a lot of speculation on when they will switch their currency over to the Euro. Economists are arguing that the forint should disappear by 2020, "depending on the country’s economic situation".

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