The Italian 2-cent coin shows the Mole Antonelliana, a landmark tower in the city of Turin. The building was originally planned as a synagogue. However, the ambitious project by architect Alessandro Antonelli quickly exhausted the financial resources of the Jewish community. The city of Turin took over the building in 1877. The coin was designed by Luciana De Simoni.
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.