On April 13, the Austrian Mint will issue a fifth gold coin to mark the conclusion of its “Klimt and His Women” Series. The new issue will feature Austrian painter Gustav Klimt’s most famous work, “The Kiss,” and will have a mintage limited to 30,000 coins.
The reverse design, engraved by Helmut Andexlinger, replicates the central motif of the larger painting, which features an impassioned embrace between two people rendered with intricate angles and energetic circles. On the left side of the image, near the rim of the coin, the letter T is featured prominently. This is the last letter in Klimt’s signature, and was proceeded by the other letters in his name on the previous four coins in this series.
An Autrian Mint press release notes that experts believe the figures in the painting are based on Klimt himself and his lifetime partner, Emilie Floge.
The obverse of the coin, engraved by Thomas Pesendorfer, bears portraits of Klimt and Emilie Floge, and includes the inscriptions REPUBLIK OSTERREICH, the denomination of 50 EURO, and 2016. The coin is composed of 10 grams of 98.6% gold, measures 22 mm in diameter, and carries a Proof finish. The certificate of authenticity includes six pages of historical and technical background.
The “Klimt and His Women” series launched in 2012 and has featured one gold coin each year, with the designs focusing on different periods in the artist’s life. “The Kiss” gold coin will retail for €484.00.