A prime example of Klimt’s “golden phase”, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I is the first of the artist’s masterpieces to feature in our superlative Klimt and his Women series. This coin won 1st in the Gold coin category of the Constellation coin competition in Russia in September of 2013!
Also bearing the letter ‘K’ – the five-coin series spells KLIMT in its entirety – the coin is struck in Proof quality to a maximum mintage of 30,000 and comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity .
Completed in 1907, the painting took longer than any of Klimt’s other works to finish and features the only model to be painted more than once by the Viennese master – the wife of wealthy industrialist and patron of the arts Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer. Ethereal and enigmatic, the portrait was created from oils and gold leaf, which is why it has been possible to reproduce it so magnificently on the reverse of this 50 euro gold coin. The elaborate Jugendstil ornamentation of the painting’s background provides an intricate contrast to the smoother relief of the subject’s head in the foreground. A handsome portrait of the artist himself is reproduced in profile on the coin’s obverse to similar effect.
A superb wooden presentation case is also available for those keen to complete the entire five-coin Klimt and his Women collection.
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