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France 2015 The Seine Banks: Invalides – Grand Palais 5 Euro Gold Coin


The L’Hôtel national des Invalides was built under order of King Louis XIV as a place to house disabled French war veterans. Libéral Bruant (1635-1697) was commissioned to design the structure and construction began in 1671 and lasted eight years. For more than 200 years, the Hotel served its intended purpose. Today, the site is an important destination for tourists and military enthusiasts. It houses a significant collection of Army artifacts and exhibits, and is the internment site for Napoleon I (1769-1821), members of his family, and nearly 100 notable French military figures. The site was designated a national historical monument in 2000.

The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées was constructed as the host site of the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Construction on the great exhibition hall began in 1897. Architect Charles Girault oversaw construction. Architects Louis-Albert LouvetAlbert-Félix-Théophile Thomas, and Henri Deglane worked with Girault on the design. Today, the Palais is a popular tourist attraction, drawing more than 1.5 million visitors a year. It houses museums, hosts exhibitions, and fashion shows. The sites along with other historic structures on the bank of the Seine were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

In 2015, the Monnaie de Paris issued a collection of six coins to honor L’Hôtel national des Invalides and the Grand Palais. Each coin featured a common design, but vary in composition and denomination. The denominations are: 50€ Silver Proof, 10€ Silver Proof, 500€ Gold Proof, 200€ Gold Proof, 50€ Gold Proof, and 5€ Gold Proof.



In the center, the legend REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE. The two words mirror one another. On the top half of the coin is a depiction of L’Hôtel national des Invalides. It’s ornate domed ceiling is depicted above. On the bottom half of the coin is a depiction of the Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées (oriented upside down). It’s ornate domed ceiling is depicted below.



The design is split into two halves. On the left, is a mirrored field. At the top of the left hemisphere, the UNESCO logo. Below, the denomination and date: 5 EURO, 2015. Below, two privy marks, including Yves Sampo’s pentagon mark. Wrapping around the rim is the inscription PARIS, RIVES DE LA SEINE. On the right, a map of Paris. Wrapping around the rim is the inscription GRAND PALAIS INVALIDES.


Coin Specifications:

Country:  France
Year Of Issue:  2015
Denomination:  5 Euro
Mint Mark:
Mintage:  5,000
Alloy:  .999 Gold
Weight:  0.5 grams
Diameter:   11 mm
OBV Designer
REV Designer
Quality:  Proof

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