In 2002, the Euro was introduced as a single currency for Europe, and most of the individual country's currencies were phased out. Whether remembering your family roots or a favorite vacation, these coins evoke fond memories of Europe in the 20th century.
The Euro was established in 1999 and began to be circulated three years later. This item celebrates the history of individual European countries' currencies. This Irish coin is a five pence minted between 1971-1992. The bull, along with the other animals of designer Percy Metcalfe's Barnyard Set, was originally created for the Irish Free State in the 1920s. This 1/2 French Franc from the second half of the twentieth-century features Walking Liberty, also known as The Sower. She was introduced in 1897 by Oscar Roty and her confident stride is thought to have inspired many past US coins. The 100 Lire coin is made of stainless steel and features the Roman goddess of wisdom, Minerva, who is also associated with art, defense and trade. From 1949-50, the German Federal Republic minted the 50 Pfennig (equal to half a Mark), which depicts a woman planting an oak tree as a symbol of the country's rebirth after the war. The Peseta here features the profile of Juan Carlos I, the current King of Spain since 1975, on the front, and Spain's coat of arms on the back.