Description of obverse and reverse
On the obverse, the palace’s main structure is depicted under a prominent sun. Beneath the palace are the French-style gardens and a profile of Neptune in which the words “Château de Versailles” appear.
On the reverse, there is an aerial view of UNESCO’s Paris headquarters which divided the coin into three parts. The first evokes the architectural heritage as symbolized by stones, the second honours natural heritage as symbolized by flora, and the third features the face value and issue year, the words “Patrimoine Mondial de l’UNESCO” and the institution’s logo.
A brief annotation
Launched in 2007, the UNESCO World Heritage Site series pays this year tribute to one the country’s most prestigious structures: the Palace of Versailles which was the residence of kings Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI. A symbol of royal power and the influence of French culture in the 18th century with 67.000 sq. m, 900 rooms, 93 hectares of gardens and 10 million visitors, this site is now the most visited in France and one of the most well-known sites in the world. The site has taken decisive step into modernity over the past few years hosting exhibitions of works by contemporary artists.