The Monnaie de Paris has unveiled a new collection of coins featuring the Hôtel national des Invalides and Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. The silver coins included in the collection incorporate selective plating in gold and black rhodium for a dramatic effect.
The collection is part of a series that pays tribute to UNESCO world heritage sites. From 2014, the series has shifted focus to the famous sites of France on the banks of the Seine in Paris.
The upper portion of the obverse design of the coin features the north facade of the Hôtel des Invalides dominated by the dome of the chapel designed by renowned 17th century French architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart. In the lower portion of the design the principle facade of the Grand Palais appears in a mirrored effect. The two portions of the design are delineated by a split inscription appearing normally and mirrored.
The silver versions accentuate the design with selective application of gold on the Invalides section and black rhodium on the Grand Palais section.
The reverse design of the coin features the UNESCO logo, the name of the series, and the face value on the left side. The right side contains an aerial view of the locations with two dots representing the location of the monuments honored in 2015.
A 10€ Silver version of the coin is available with a weight of 22.2 grams and mintage of 5,000 pieces. A 50€ 5 oz Silver version is available with a mintage limit of 500 pieces.
Gold versions without the selective plating are available in 1 oz (200€), 1/4 oz (50€) and 1/2 gram (5€) with mintage limits of 500 pieces, 2,000 pieces, and 5,000 pieces, respectively.