The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins depict the Kyrenia ship, a famous trading vessel dating from the 4th century BC. This ship is regarded as the best preserved ancient vessel of the eastern Mediterranean, now exhibited in the Ancient Shipwreck Museum in Kyrenia Castle on Cyprus.
Euro coins and banknotes were introduced on 1 January 2002 in twelve countries. Today, the euro area has grown to include 18 countries. Euro coins feature a common design on one side. Also, the national side (reverse) of every coin includes a ring of 12 stars from the European Union flag. Each country has its own design for the national side of its coins.