This is the third coin in the "Klimt" series. This coin recounts the biblical story of Judith. Klimt positioned women as the saviour 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 and comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity .
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.
The painting of the obverse is part of 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. Klimt positioned women as the saviour of Israelites through this painting. Judith used her charms and feminine ways to distract and kill the invading Holofernes. Klimt again used his muse Adele Bloch Bauer as his model for this painting.
The 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. The typical scrolls, intricate patterns and mosaics so typical of Klimt’s work appear around the upper portion, around her torso. The letter “i” is seen to her left. The “i” represents the third letter of his last name Klimt, as this is the third coin of the 5 coin series. Also on this side appears the country of issue, “Republik Oesterreich” or Republic of Austria, the face value of 50 euros. and year of issue, 2014. The reverse of this coin was engraved by Herbert Waehner.
Each coin is packed in an attractive box with a numbered certificate of authenticity, which is six pages in length and provides detailed background and technical information about the coin. 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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