500 Francs - 75 Euro
This week's featured coin is a gold piece done by Monnaie de Paris featuring Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's most favorite work entitled "The Kiss". It is part of the Mint's series entitled, Treasures of the Museums of Europe.
Klimt is most famous for his impassioned depictions of the female body, and is one of the most prominent members of Austria's Art Nouveau movement. The painting depicts a couple done in various shades of gold and symbols sharing a kiss against a bronze background. Many interpretations of the painting exist, with some saying the work demonstrates how beautiful the world looks when you first kiss someone, while others believe it symbolizes a loss of self in the unity of love. It is also believed that Klimt and his companion Emilie Floge are the models shown.
The obverse of the coin features a close-up of the subjects and the legend "Le Baiser de Klimt". The reverse shows the denomination in both francs and euros.
The mintage figures for the coin are unknown, and it carries a value of $4,600 USD.
KM# - 1317
Government - Modern Republics (1870-)
Coinage Type - Reform Coinage (Commencing 1960)
Mint - Paris
Composition - Gold
Fineness - 0.999
Weight - 155.5 g 4.9942 oz AGW
Diameter - 50 mm