Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the Cincuentin depicts the Euro symbol, 12 stars (for the 12 first countries that joined the common currency) and a map of Europe, all motifs clearly related to Europe and the European Union.
As to the reverse, it represents the Greek myth of Europa and Zeus, in which Zeus, disguised as a bull, abducted the princess Europa from Lebanon and had an affair with her under a plane tree. Following this affair three children were born, Minos, Rhadamanthys and Sarpedon,
who became the kings of the three Minoan Palaces in Crete.
A brief annotation
The year 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Euro. Euro coins and banknotes were released into circulation in 12 European countries on January 1, 2002. A further 5 countries were subsequently incorporated into the Euro Zone.
About 330 million people have the Euro as their only currency.