Republic of France, 20 Euro Cent 2001

France is one of the founder members of the euro currency. On January 1, 1999, the euro replaced the franc. The designs on the French euro coins are redolent of the old francs, however. The sower, the traditional image on the 1-franc-pieces, is also represented on the 10, 20 and 50 Euro Cent coins. She symbolizes hope, freedom and generosity.