The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins depict the Brandenburg Gate, an emblem of Germany. This landmark reflects German history in many ways. During the German Empire, it was the backdrop for parades and other public displays. Following the Second World War it became a symbol of Germany’s division. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, East Germans and West Germans met at the Brandenburg Gate. Since German reunification, the Brandenburg Gate has come to symbolise a free and united Germany. The motif on these coins was designed by Reinhard Heinsdorff.
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.