We’ve seen some gorgeous Gustav Klimt coins over the last few years, from the Austrian Mint’s award-winning gold series, to more eclectic products, like Numiscollect’s shaped ‘The Kiss’, but now Korean bullion coin producer Daesung Metal is adding a large, high-relief, coloured coin to the mix that is half a kilo of silver in weight, and an expansive 100 x 100 mm in size.
The work of the Austrian symbolist master chosen for the coin is ‘Death and Life’. Painted from 1908 to 1911 (but modified in 1915), this almost 1.8 x 2 metre oil on canvas painting is currently on display at the Leopold Museum in Vienna. Even on unveiling it was widely admired, winning first prize at the World Exhibition in Rome, and it’s still considered one of his finest works.
The coin is square in format and designed to replicate the art and a frame. It’s a high-relief strike and looks to make good use of it. Colour abounds, with a wide and subtle pallette of shades for the painting itself. Packaging looks well up to the job, looking both substantial and heavily themed. It has a mintage of 600 pieces and is available at European bullion dealer Coininvest.com. A neat release to add to the body of Klimt’s numismatic appearances. Available to pre-order now.