The Greek 10-cent coin shows Rigas Velestinlis, the famous poet and revolutionary. Velestinlis is regarded as a forerunner of the Greek Revolution of 1821 which ultimately resulted in Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire.
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.