O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Euro 20c


The 20 cent euro coin (€0.20) has a value of one fifth of a euro and are composed of an alloy called nordic gold in the Spanish flower shape.

  • a type of coin flan shape, consisting of a smooth edge separated into equal sections by seven indents
  • the ECB explained that the the Spanish flower shape was chosen to help the visually-impaired
Value 0.20 euro
Mass 5.74 g
Diameter 22.25 mm
Thickness 2.14 mm
Edge plane but with seven broad indentations (Spanish flower shape)
Composition Nordic gold

Nordic gold is the gold-coloured copper alloy from which the middle three denominations of euro coins, 50 cent, 20 cent, and 10 cent coins are made.

  • The alloy used is 89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin
  • This is a type of brass

The Irish 20c coin dates from 2002, when euro coins and banknotes were introduced in the 12 member Euro Zone and its related overseas territories.

  • The common side was designed by Luc Luycx, a Belgian artist who won a Europe-wide competition to design the new coins
  • The design of the Type I 10 to 50 cent coins were intended to show separate states of the European Union (EU), as opposed to the one and two euro coins showing the 15 states as one and the 1 to 5 cent coins showing the EU’s place in the world
Euro 20c coin, common side Type I (2002-2006) – a ‘stylised’ map of Europe, showing separate states of the European Union (EU).

Euro 20c coin, common side Type I (2002-2006) – a ‘stylised’ map of Europe, showing separate states of the European Union (EU).

Year 20c, Type I  
2002 234,550,562
2003   57,077,221
2004   32,381,447
2005   40,444,062
2006   10,377,229

The EU’s membership expanded between 2004 and 2007, with further expansions envisaged, so the common face of all euro coins from the value of 10 cent and above were redesigned in 2007 to show a new map.

20c coin, Type II reverse (2007 to date), This map showed Europe, not just the EU, as one continuous landmass – Cyprus was moved west as the map cut off after the Bosporus

20c coin, Type II reverse (2007 to date). This map showed Europe, not just the EU, as one continuous landmass – Cyprus was moved west as the map cut off after the Bosporus

Year 20c, Type II  
2007   34,489,488
2008   45,990,533
2009     4,279,307
2010     1,027,059
2011     1,201,428
2012   19,000,000
2013   17,000,000
2014 **
2015 **

** Data not available yet

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