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2008 Hungary 1000Ft BU Coin "Telephone Herald"

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Item Number: 08HUBMBU1
  • Mint: Hungarian Mint
  • Denomination: 1,000 Forint
  • Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
  • Issue limit: 10,000 pcs.
  • Alloy: Cupronickel
  • Diameter: 28.43 x 28.43 mm
  • Weight: 14 grams
  • Design: Áron Bohus
  • Box/Capsule: No/Yes
  • Certificate: No
This base metal coin celebrates the 115th Anniversary of the telephone newspaper, Telefon Hirmondo.

Telefon Hirmondo (translated into English as "Telephone Herald") was a telephone newspaper in Budapest. It has also been described as an early radio, and indeed it was radio that led to its demise.

Telefon Hirmondo was founded by Tivadar Puskas, an engineer and inventor who had earlier worked with Thomas Edison. Puskas had registered the patent of technology behind the newspaper in 1892, with the title "A new method of organizing and fitting a telephone newspaper". Telefon Hirmondo service started on 15 February 1893, with around 60 subscribers. It ran as a newspaper until the 1920's, then as a radio broadcaster until 1944.

Tivadar Puskas died a month after the launch of the service, on March 16, 1893.
 

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