The first Euro coins were introduced on 1st January 2002 and replaced twelve different sets of coins in the previous national currencies.
The Member States of the Euro area issue their own Euro coins, although the volumes issued are subject to approval by the European Central Bank.
Each Euro coin has a common European design on one side and an individual national design on the other. However, the technical features of the coins (size, weight, metals used) are identical across all Euro countries.
There are eight different denominations in the current Euro coin series, ranging from the 1 cent to the €2 coin