The national side of the Greek 20-cent coin shows Ioannis Capodistrias. His career began in 1809 in the Russian foreign ministry. He was soon entrusted with important diplomatic missions. He ended his service for Russia in 1822, travelling then to France, the Netherlands and Germany to rally support for Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. In April 1827, the Greek National Assembly in Troezen elected him Governor of Greece.
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.