2014 Austria Gold Proof €50 Klimt Series (Judith II)

2014 Austria Gold Proof €50 Klimt Series (Judith II)

This is the third coin in the "Klimt" series. This coin recounts the biblical story of Judith. Klimt positioned women as the savior of Israelites through this painting. Also bearing the letter "I", the five-coin series spells KLIMT in its entirety, the coin is struck in Proof quality to a maximum mintage of 30,000.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains .317 oz of fine Gold.
  • Each coin comes in mint box and capsule with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Features a painting by Klimt depicting the biblical story of Judith (Salome), recounting the story of her seductive deception of Nebuchadnezzar’s general, Holofernes, and the eventual beheading of him.
  • Reverse: Depicts the very striking upper section of the painting simply known as Judith II. The power of her strength can be seen in her eyes and raised chin.
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      The painting on the obverse, “Nuda Veritas” or “Naked Truth,” was completed in 1899 and done using oil on canvas. Klimt based this painting on a quote by German philosopher Friedrich Schiller, almost a hundred years earlier. Basically, Schiller was saying that to try and please everyone is not good. Klimt was inspired by Schiller’s statement and used it to clearly state that modern art is the “Truth,” since the mirror the woman holds in her hand is facing outward and reflecting the modern paintings in the rooms at the exhibition in Vienna at that time.

      In 1194, Richard the Lionheart paid 12 tons of Silver to Duke Leopold V of Austria to secure his freedom from a year of incarceration. This act unintentionally laid the foundation for the Austrian Mint, as Duke Leopold had coins struck from Richard the Lionheart’s ransom. In doing so, Leopold set in motion more than 800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.

      The Vienna Mint was originally situated near Hoher Merkt and later at various locations in Vienna. Since the first half of the 19th century, the mint has been housed in Heumarkt in central Vienna, where coins are still struck to this day. Minting facilities opened throughout Austria until 1918 when the Republic of Austria was formed and the Vienna Principal Mint became the singular minting facility. In 1989, the name officially changed to the Austrian Mint and became a subsidiary of the Austrian National Bank.

      One of the Austrian Mint’s most recognized coins is the Maria Teresa Thaler, which is not simply a famous Silver coin, but one that boasts the greatest number minted. Another prime example of the mint’s international success is the Gold Philharmonic, one of the most popular Gold bullion coins worldwide. The Gold Philharmonic has played a vital role in developing the Austrian Mint into a highly successful company. The Austrian Mint’s beautifully crafted coins are minted in the heart of Vienna and are sought after by investors and collectors around the world.

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