Description of obverse and reverse
The front depicts a portrait of Mihály Turner, mayor of Hungarian city Sopron in 1921 when a plebiscite was held to decide whether the city and nine surrounding settlements wished to remain part of Hungary or join Austria. The inscription of the obverse reads “SOPRON, THE MOST LOYAL TOWN”. The front also shows the Firetower, the city’s symbol. The back shows the scene of the plebiscite with a group of voters, with a detail of a stamped ballot in a ballot box, and the coat-of-arms of the city above it.
A brief annotation
The plebiscite was the final act of a long dispute about the fate of Western Hungary, which developed in the wake of the First World War concerning territorial affiliations. Its result was the only significant territorial revision of the Treaty of Trianon which was permanently accepted by the Great Powers. With this plebiscite Sopron earned the title „CIVITAS FIDELISSIMA”, the „Most Faithful City”. The 14th December, starting date of the plebiscite was later declared by the Hungarian government to be the „Day of Loyalty”.
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