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50 Euro Medicine

50 Euro (Medicine) -  obverse50 Euro (Medicine) -  reverse

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Features

Country Austria
Period Second Republic (1945-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Euro
50 EUR = 55 USD
Currency Euro (2002-date)
Composition Gold (.986)
Weight 10.14 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 3241,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Fr# 963
Gold Coins of the World: From Ancient Times to the Present
by Arthur L. Friedberg, Ira S. Friedberg
( Coin & Currency Institute, 2017)

Commemorative issue

Series: Klimt and his Women

Obverse

Detail from Klimt's painting "Medicine" as Hygeia, daughter of the Greek god of medicine, with Aesculapian snake wound around her arm and the cup of Lethe in her hand

Lettering: M

Engraver: T. Pesendorfer

Reverse

Detail from Klimt's painting Judisprudence, in form of the Eumenides, the Greek deities of vengeance. Stylised snakes accentuate Klimt's customary swirling patterns of the gorgon's hair in the rectangular centre, while to the right stands the goddess of law.

Lettering:
ÖSTERREICH
REPUBLIK
LEX
2015
50 EURO

Engraver: H. Wähner

Edge

Plain

Comments

Originally painted to decorate the ceilings of the University of Vienna, Klimt's Faculty Paintings became the subject of major controversy when the critics and public alike reacted strongly to the way they broke cultural taboos and pushed the boundaries of obscenity. The original paintings could not be seen any more: On 7th of mai 1945 - one day before the victory over german fascism -  a  military unit of the Nazi Division  called ,Feldherrnhalle' took lodgings in Immendorf Castle (in which the paintings were outsourced). In order to prevent the paintings and other rich culture fell into hands of the approaching Red army , all rooms of the castle have been booby-trapped by Nazi demolition squad. So on arrival of the victorious Soviet army the castle together with the stored art treasures fell prey to the flames.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  30,000 Proof / Belle Epreuve

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