A detail of the “Birth of Venus”, a tableau painted by Sandro Botticelli circa 1485, is encircled by the twelve stars of Europe. On the left the date and the monogram of Italian Republic. The mint mark is at right, between the hair and the neck. Author’s initials are below Venus, on the left.
RI = Italian Republic
On the left, next to the face value, a map of the Europe with the twelve vertical stars symbolizes the gathering of the nations of the European Union. The map is not geographical since there is space between the borders of each nations of the Europe
Luc Luycx is the designer of the common side of the euro coins.
Luycx is a computer engineer, and medallist living in Dendermonde, Belgium, and has worked for the Royal Belgian Mint for 15 years. He designed the euro coins in 1996.
Istituto Poligrafico e Zecca dello Stato, Rome, Italy (1911-date)