The Finnish heraldic lion decorates the Finnish 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50-cent coins. There has been a Finnish coat of arms since the late 16th century and this has remained, in essence, unchanged through to the present day. When Finland became an independent country in 1917, this lion emblem became the official coat of arms of the new state. The motif of the coins was designed by Heikki Häikki Häiväoja.
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.