How to tell the difference between €1 and 20c

For many many years I considered coin THE ENIMY! I would throw all coin into a piggy bank and toss it into a money counting machine which charged between 10 to 13% to count and convert he coin to notes. This all stopped the second I started saving for my mortgage – it was time to get organised.

We are super lucky in Europe that that euro was designed with VIP’s in mind. So here’s what you need to know about our lovely yo yos!

The weight, colour and thickness vary in the coins. As I’m colour blind I’m only going to focus on weight and edges for this post. That way you can identify you coins in the dark if you need to!

Cartoon image of euro notes and coin

€2 coins have characters struck into the finely-ridged edge.

€1 coins have three finely-ridged sections interspersed with three smooth sections along the edge.

50 and 10 cent coins have fine scallops along the edge.

20 cent coins are smooth and have seven indents along the edge (“Spanish flower shape”).

5 and 1 cent coins have a smooth edge.

2 cent coins are smooth and have a groove along the edge.

You can also buy nifty little euro coin holders from amazon!

Happy Counting VIPs!

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