The History of the Forint-Forintos történet
The author of the Forintos történet tells about the long and intricate history of money, listing the significant inland- and international stages of the Hungarian currency. It starts from the first issuing, throughout the changes of the banknotes, up to the new 10.000 Forint note. The writer refers to the presumably Slavic origin of the Hungarian word pénz and the birth of the oldest coins 2600 years ago in Asia Minor. The reader can also learn about the adventurous journey of money (first only coins, later banknotes) from the beginnings to the present day.
The first version of the Forint, modelled on the Fiorino d’Oro golden coins from Florence, was used in Hungary in the Medieval Times under the reign of King Charles I. Until 1946, when the Forint became the official national currency again, the Hungarian money had several different names, such as dénár, golden forint, garas, tallér, aranydukát, krajcár, korona and pengő.