|Country: Niue||Metal Purity: 999||Box: Yes|
|Year of Issue: 2019||Weight: 17.5 g||CoA: Yes|
|Face Value: 1 dollar||Dimensions: 50||Coin Accent: Glass and locket insert|
|ID: NU1124||Quality: Proof|
|Mintage quantity: 555 pcs|
This extraordinary silver coin is the seventh issue from the “Golden Five” series. It is dedicated to the Pallas Athene – one of the most recognizable paintings by Gustav Klimt.
Gustav Klimt was famous for being “persona non grata” in the middle of the 20th century. The reason is that he fought against traditional styles of 19th-century art by founding the Art Nouveau and Vienna Secessionist movements. Klimt’s paintings have already appeared on a great number of coins, among which is his well-known artwork “Pallas Athene”.
Gustav Klimt's use of Classical myth iconography is directly derivative of antiquity in his many images of Athena. Perhaps the outstanding image of this goddess since Classical antiquity, however, is his Pallas Athene of 1898. She is a very different persona from his famous femmes fatales whose sexuality is overwhelming.
Here it is Athena's divinity which Klimt finds more interesting, rather than her sexuality, which is not surprising given the gender ambiguities she demonstrated in Greek antiquity. Perhaps Klimt implies that power is a catalyst to sexual instincts, as history has long suggested that power is one of the most important sexual stimuli in human behavior and that the desire for power is strongly connected to sexual desire. In any case, this somewhat asexual Greek goddess becomes Klimt's most powerful female in his art.
The reverse of the coin contains a beautifully colored image of the Pallas Athene. On the left part of the coin, there is an incredible amber insert. The obverse of the coin depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The mintage is limited to only 555 pieces for global distribution.
Purchase this coin featuring the depiction of Athena Pallas that is on this painting regarded by critics as “demon of secession”!