With a debut back in 2012, the Austrian Mint embarked on a five-piece set of coins to be released one-per-year, featuring Gustav Klimt’s paintings, specifically from a particular phase of his career when women were the focus of his attention, called his “golden phase”. Titled Klimt and his Women, the 10g proof-finish coins have won multiple awards for their superb implementation. The second coin in the series, The Expectation, won the 2015 Krause Publications coin of the year award, and the third coin, Judith II, just won the 2016 Most Artistic Coin award.
Struck in Proof quality with a maximum mintage of 30,000, each coin comes in a case complete with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The coins are designed by three of the Austrian Mints’ best designers, Mag. Helmut Andexlinger, Herbert Wahner and Thomas Pesendorfer. The reverse sides feature a representation of a prominent part of the particular piece of art being celebrated. The obverse depicts something related, such as an image of Klimt or some other detail from that, or a related piece of art. All of the coins are very highly regarded and for good reason. The strikes of these, like pretty much anything from the Austrian Mint, are of the highest quality, and it’s safe to say that admirers of Klimt’s work will find much to like here.
The series is now complete, but all of the coins are still available, hardly surprising given the relatively high mintage. Prices vary as the selling price is linked to the spot price of gold which obviously varies over time.