The 10, 20 and 50-cent coins bear the emblem of Malta. The present version was introduced on 19 October 1988. It is similar to the 1964 coat of arms and replaces the contemporary design of 1975 featuring a traditional Maltese boat at sea beneath a Mediterranean sun. The present coat of arms is composed of a red and white shield crested with a mural crown as a symbol of sovereignty.
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.