The euro sign in the centre of the coin shows that the euro has become an element of particular importance in Europe as well all over the world as the euro evolved to a global player in the international monetary system in the last 10 years. The design elements around the euro symbol on the coin express the importance of the euro to the people, to the financial world (ECB tower), to trading (ships), to industry (factories), to the energy sector and to research and development (wind power stations). The initials ‘AH’ of the artist appear under the image of the ECB tower. The name of the issuing country ‘SAN MARINO’ appears at the top, the mintmark at the right-hand side, while the indication 2002-2012 appears at the bottom.
The coin’s outer ring depicts the 12 stars of the European flag.