This wonderful silver coin is a part of the “Golden Five” series, which became a bestseller and was released in 2018 in connection with the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Klimt. The coin is dedicated to “Judith I” (also known as “Judith and the Head of Holofernes”) – one of the most recognizable paintings by Gustav Klimt.
Some information describing the painting. “Judith I” is an oil painting created in 1901. It depicts the classic showcase of Judith, a biblical heroine who had seduced and decapitated General Holofernes. Gustav Klimt used an impressionist technique in this painting, with a minor hue of a realist style, alongside different elements of art nouveau.
The painting of Judith portrays a woman who is staring directly back at the viewer. The woman's eyes are folded downwards, as she slightly views the other person with a glimpse of white light and her right eye shining through. She holds classic Austrian features, through her dark arched eyebrows, lightly outlined black eyes, and skinny nose. The woman's cheeks hold a light hint of rose, adding brightness to her pale fared skin. The woman's red lips are slightly open illustrating her front teeth with a wide smile, the woman is neither happy nor sad but proudly staring.
The woman is dressed in a luxurious gold necklace that hangs around her neck in beautiful detailed black and white gems. The woman is accessorized not only by her necklace but by a gold string then the covers her for arm on the left side.
The pattern in the background illustrates bronze colours carved out in black, which seem to have a similar style to the Egyptian artwork and culture of the time. The significant component of the painting is the head Judith holds, gently roaming her hands through the hair. The piece significant illustrates the artist's skill in gold-tone materials and intercut details.
The coin is a successful representation of this painting. The reverse of the coin features a coloured image of “Judith I”. On the left of the coin, there is a beautiful amber insert. The obverse of the coin features the Coat of Arms of Cameroon. The limited mintage equals to 555 pieces worldwide.
If you are a true connoisseur of art, it is a must-have coin to your collection.
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