The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins show the Latvian coat of arms. The rising sun in the upper part of the emblem stands for Latvian sovereignty. The three golden stars shown above this signify the unification of the country’s three historic parts.
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.