The three lowest-value French coins feature a portrait of Marianne, the French national emblem. During the French Revolution, Marianne became the symbol for freedom. One of the most influential depictions of this figure can be found in Eugène Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading the People (1830). Even today, her image decorates almost every town hall in France and numerous town squares. The motif for the coins was designed by Fabienne Courtiade.
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.