Euro coins vary in size, weight, colour and thickness depending on the denomination. They each have one common side and one country-specific side.
Euro coins have one common side with the same designs across all euro-area countries, and a national side designed by each participating country. The common sides of the euro coins show three different maps of Europe, with a background including the 12 stars of the European Union.
Each of the euro-area countries uses familiar or traditional motifs and icons for the design of the national sides of their coins.
Relevant legislation on the euro coins, their reproduction, transport and on anti-counterfeiting measures.
Euro coins intended for circulation have legal tender status throughout the euro area. For the purpose of informing the public and all parties who handle the coins, the Commission publishes a description of the designs of all new coins.