2016 Austria Gold Proof €50 Klimt Series (The Kiss)

2016 Austria Gold Proof €50 Klimt Series (The Kiss)

The fifth and final Gold coin in the “Klimt and His Women” series, this coin honors the internationally renowned painting, “The Kiss”.

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 0.321 oz of .986 fine Gold.
  • Comes in a protective capsule and display box with a certificate of authenticity.
  • Obverse: Depicts Gustav Klimt in one of his many favorite painting smocks on the right side. The head and shoulder portrait featured in the square frame is of Emilie Floge. Also on the obverse appears the country of issue, “Republik Österreich” or Republic of Austria, the face value of 50 euros and the year of issue, 2016.
  • Reverse: Features a close up of “The Kiss“ along with the letter “T” completing the set of five coins, which spell out his name.
  • Sovereign coin backed by the Austrian government.

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Many experts believe that the painting is of himself kissing Emilie. The depiction is open to a lot of interpretation. It does not appear to be a gentle embrace but rather a more aggressive assertion of male power over the woman. He is holding her head at a very precarious neck-breaking angle.

The very intimate and evocative portrayal was typical of Klimt, including the complex and intricate geometric patterns. Many of Klimt’s paintings were seen as scandalous and a bit of an affront to society. However, “The Kiss” was well received and bought very soon after its introduction to the art world.

Each of the coins in this Gold collection includes a different painting of a woman representing the five major phases of Klimt’s artistic career. Each coin also depicts a letter in his last name: K, L, I, M, and T. Now complete, the coins of the series spell the word ‘KLIMT’.

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800 years of minting history in Vienna, though it would be another 200 years before the Vienna Mint was mentioned in historical documents.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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