The common side of the coins is the same for all members of the Eurosystem. The common sides of the eight euro coins have different designs:
- €2 and €1, 50, 20 and 10 cent show either the European Union before its enlargement on 1 May 2004 or, as of 1 January 2007, a geographical image of Europe.
- 5, 2 and 1 cent show Europe in relation to Africa and Asia on a globe.
The common sides of the coins were designed by Mr Luc Luycx of the Royal Belgian Mint.
All euro coins, regardless of their common and national sides, are legal tender throughout the euro area.